Bridges of America


Journal Article

America has more than half a million bridges, ranging from nondescript highway overpasses to monumental works of structural art, but only a few of them are known by name. Although just about everyone has heard of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge and can tell you where they stand, only local residents, attentive tourists or bridge aficionados are likely to know where to look for such structural jewels as Caveman Bridge or the McCullough Memorial Bridge. Of those who can locate these bridges on a map, only a small fraction are likely to know that Conde McCullough is the name of the engineer and not of a local politician. But whether or not they or their engineer are well known, masterpieces of bridge engineering are everywhere, a legacy of their designers' structural artwork that is as much a part of the American scene as are the red barns and white churches of the countryside or the tall buildings and chasm-like streets of cities.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Petroski, H

Published Date

  • January 1, 1997

Published In

  • Proceedings, Annual Conference Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

Volume / Issue

  • 1 /

Start / End Page

  • 11 - 16

Citation Source

  • Scopus