Thursday, September 30, 2010

Anyone Know if This is a True Story?

A drawing of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge.Image via Wikipedia
A long, long time ago - before airplanes were invented, a suspension bridge was being built to span the gorge near Niagara Falls.

However, there was no way a boat could carry the necessary suspension cables across the violent water, and the bridge could not be built until the cables spanned the river.

In desperation, the builders staged a contest, open to the public, as a way to solve their problem.

The contest was won by a young boy. Soon afterwords, the cables spanned the water.

What was the contest and how did it solve the problem?


  1. Supposing two swallows carried it together?

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  3. A contest was held with a five dollar prize being offered to the person who could fly a kite across the Niagara Gorge. A young American boy named Homan Walsh won the contest on the second day of the competition flying his kite from the Canadian shoreline. The string of his kite was fastened to a tree on the American shoreline and a light cord attached to it pulled across. Next came a heavier cord, then a rope and finally a wire cable composed of a number of strands of number ten wire which was the beginning of the new bridge.

    Thanks for the question. I love kites and i feel like Homan now. :)

    Source -

  4. Isn't that interesting? I love this sort of thing. Good job by Homan (really, Homan? What's the lineage on that name?)

    Thanks Mawshan.


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