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Lecture: How Pittsburgh’s Bridges Developed

April 29, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Todd Wilson
Transportation Engineer/ Author

Thursday, April 29
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This lecture will be conducted via Zoom Conference. Purchase a ticket to RSVP and you will receive a login e-mail at 5:00 p.m. on April 29. (Don’t see an e-mail? Be sure to check your Spam/Junk folders.) Please log in at 5:45 p.m. to allow us enough time to let you into the tour.

As one of America’s first large inland cities, Pittsburgh and its countryside demanded new engineering solutions for its growth and development. Various trained and untrained engineers were up for the challenge, coming up with new solutions that revolutionized bridge building. From the country’s first iron bridge to the world’s first modern suspension bridge, from the many noted engineers that got their start here to the bridges they designed, and from the manufacturing that took place here to the bridges erected, Western Pennsylvania has one of America’s most significant bridge design and engineering legacies. This presentation will give that story.

About the presenter: Todd Wilson, MBA, PE, is a Trustee of Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and a noted expert on bridge history. He has co-authored two books on local bridges, Engineering Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh’s Bridges. He is also the author of a number of articles and has given over 50 lectures and conference presentations on bridges. A civil engineer, Todd has photographed thousands of bridges across America in every state, and in 25 countries. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and chairs the American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Section’s History and Heritage Committee.


April 29, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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