Niagara Falls, Summer View, Suspension Bridge, and Falls in the Distance

Langenheim Brothers [Frederick and William Langenheim]about 1856

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The success of this extraordinary bridge is now to be considered an established fact. The trains of the New York Central, and of the Great Western Railroad in Canada, have been crossing regularly since the 18th of March [1855], averaging over thirty trips per day. . . . The great rivers of this continent will no longer offer an insurmountable obstruction to the formation of uninterrupted lines of railways.

John August Roebling's comments make clear that he was proud of having designed and engineered the Niagara Railway suspension bridge, the first bridge of its type in the world. After its completion, photographers like the Langenheim Brothers flocked to Niagara to document the achievement in compelling ways. This stereograph shows a locomotive passing over the bridge while the still, scenic river barely ripples below.

Roebling's prophecy about future railways proved true. More daring and innovative constructions soon facilitated trains crossing the great rivers of the United States. Photographers followed, documenting the achievements in lavish detail.


  • Title: Niagara Falls, Summer View, Suspension Bridge, and Falls in the Distance
  • Creator: Langenheim Brothers [Frederick and William Langenheim]
  • Date Created: about 1856
  • Physical Dimensions: 6.5 × 6 cm (2 9/16 × 2 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Stereograph
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Glass
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2000.10.218
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Langenheim Brothers [Frederick and William Langenheim] (American, founded 1842, dissolved 1874)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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