Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania: The Kinzua ViaductBuilt in 1882, it was the longest, tallest railroad bridge in the country -- until a tornado destroyed it in 2003. Its impressive wreckage has made it even more of a tourist attraction!
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Kinzua Bridge Skywalk
A tornado blew down 11 of the old bridge's 20 support pillars on July 21, 2003. In 2009, work began to build a pedestrian walkway on the remaining towers of the old bridge. The Kinzua Sky Walk concludes with a glass-floor view of the valley below. Visitors can enjoy spectacular vistas while walking above the treetops.[Dale Berridge, 07/28/2012]
Aug 2012: Photo added.
Built in 1882 by Gen. Thomas L. Kane. Completed in 94 days. Longest, highest railroad bridge of the 19th century. Now owned by Pennsylvania Dept. of Tranportation, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Visited by 148,000 people annually.[Thomas Thompson, 10/23/2002]
The Kinzua Bridge was over 2000 feet long and 301 feet high -- until a tornado destroyed it in 2003. Its twisted trusses and pretzel-wrapped girders remain, however, strewn across the countryside. The wreckage is a big tourist attraction on the new (2011) Kinzua Skywalk trail.