Swinging bridges would span a wide river without the need for foundation pillars in the middle.
This meant there was no obstruction to river traffic and no danger of the pier being damaged during floods. Typical construction would start with a ball of twine to judge the curve and distance.
Step back in time with our historic towns and old swinging bridges. During floods they were one of the only ways to cross the waterways.
A hamlet, or unincorporated community, is a small settlement in a rural area.
These historic gems are home to early structures, unbridled natural beauty, wildlife, family businesses and farms, and the people who have preserved the customs of their ancestors.
The upright piers were constructed first before being pulled into position by men in boats or on horses or mules.
The cable was then dragged across by hand using a wheel or pulley.
These suspension footbridges are often called swinging bridges because the bridge sways beneath your feet as you walk across.