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Eiserner Steg / The Iron Bridge

 
 
Eiserner Steg / The Iron Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 23, 2019
1. Eiserner Steg / The Iron Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Geschichte Des Eisernen Steges

1867 Frankfurter Burger Gründen eine Aktien-"Gesellschaft zur Errichtung einer eisernen Brücke am Fahrtor"

1868/69 Bau des Eisernen Steges nach dem Entwurf von Johann Peter Wilhelm Schmick

29.9.1869 Feierliche Einweihung

1911/12 Wegen der Kanalisierung des Mains und der Zunahme der Schiffahrt ist eine Hoherlegung der Brucke erforderlich. Es wird eine neue Stahlkonstruktion auf den alten Pfeilern errichtet. Bei dieser Gelegenheit wird die Brücke auch verbreitert und verlängert.

25.3.1945 Sprengung des Steges durch ein Pionierkommando der Deutschen Wehrmacht vor den Anruckenden Alliierten. Notübergang auf Pontons und Holzbohlen

1946 Wiederaufbau des Steges und Feierliche Eröffnung am 2.11.1946

1969 Nochmalige Hebung der Brücke um 40 cm Wegen zu geringer Durchfahrtshöhe für die Schiffahrt

1992/93 "Grundhafte Erneuerung” und Restaurierung des Eisernen Steges

27.2.1993 Feierliche Wiedereröffenung

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(English translation:)

History of the Iron Bridge

1867 Frankfurt citizens found a stock company - "Corporation for the Erection of an Iron Bridge at the Fahr Gate"

1868-69 Construction of the bridge according

Eiserner Steg / The Iron Bridge Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 23, 2019
2. Eiserner Steg / The Iron Bridge Marker - wide view
The marker is located at the foot of the bridge, on the exterior wall of the staircase leading up to the bridge itself.
to the designs of Johann Peter Wilhelm Schmick

September 29, 1869 Festive inauguration

1911-12 Because of the canalization of the Main River and the resulting increase in shipping traffic, increasing the height of the bridge becomes necessary. A new steel structure is built upon the old pilings. At this time the bridge is also made wider and lengthened.

March 25, 1945 A German army commando blows up the bridge. Crossing afterwards is then by pontoons and wooden planks.

1946 The bridge is reconstructed, with a celebratory opening on November 2, 1946.

1969 The bridge is once again raised, about 40 cm, on account of the tight clearance for ships.

1992-93 "Thorough Renewal” and restoration of the Iron Bridge

February 27, 1993 Reopening celebration


 
Location. 50° 6.535′ N, 8° 40.91′ E. Marker is in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, in Frankfurt. Marker is on Mainkai just west of Fahrtor, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Mainkai 39, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen 60311, Germany. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rententurm, Fritz Unruh (within shouting distance of this marker); Spolien der Frankfurter Altstadt / Spolia from Frankfurt's historical city centre (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Römerberg 34: "Haus zum goldenen Rad" / House at the Golden Wheel (about 210 meters away); Steinernes Haus (about 210 meters away); Joachim von Sandrart (1606 - 1688)

Eiserner Steg / The Iron Bridge - looking south on the bridge toward Sachsenhausen image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 23, 2019
3. Eiserner Steg / The Iron Bridge - looking south on the bridge toward Sachsenhausen
Of minor note here are, 1) the locks all along the railings, and 2) The Greek motto visible on the north bridge piling: "ΠΛΕΩΝ ΕΠΙ ΟΙΝΟΠΑ ΠΟΝΤΟΝ ΕΠ ΑΛΛΟΘΡΟΟΥΣ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΥΣ". Put there in 1999, it is a quote from Homer's Odyssey, roughly "Sailing on the dark sea to people of other languages".
(about 240 meters away); Pre-Parliament and the National Assembly (about 240 meters away); Paulskirche / St. Paul's Church (about 240 meters away); Philipp Jacob Spener (approx. 0.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfurt am Main.
 
Also see . . .  Eiserner Steg (Wikipedia). "The Eiserner Steg (English:Iron footbridge) is a footbridge spanning the river Main in the city of Frankfurt, Germany, which connects the centre of Frankfurt with the district of Sachsenhausen. The first wrought iron bridge was built in 1868. It was replaced in 1911/1912 by a slightly larger cantilever bridge. It is 170 metres long and consists of riveted steel trusses with two bridge piers. The bridge was blown up by the Wehrmacht in the final days of World War II, but it was rebuilt shortly afterwards in 1946. It was fully renovated in 1993." (Submitted on November 6, 2019.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Eiserner Steg: historical postcard view image. Click for full size.
1910
4. Eiserner Steg: historical postcard view
This is a view of the bridge, looking south across the Main River. The marker site is on the north side of the river, at what would be the lower left corner of the picture.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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