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A bridge is a structure built to span a physical obstacle, such as a body of water, valley, or road, without closing the way underneath. It is constructed for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, usually something that is otherwise difficult or impossible to cross. There are many different designs that each serve a particular purpose and apply to different situations. Designs of bridges vary depending on the function of the bridge, the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed and anchored, the material used to make it and the funds available to build it.

Most likely, the earliest bridges were fallen trees and stepping stones, while Neolithic people built boardwalk bridges across marshland. The Arkadiko Bridge dating from the 13th century BC, in the Peloponnese, in southern Greece is one of the oldest arch bridges still in existence and use.

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Flooding - Fargo, N. D. , April 17, 2009 --  View from Fargo Veterans Bridge of flooded park. Many areas of North Dakota were covered with flood water, weeks after the storms and floods occurred in March. Eliud Echevarria/ FEMA

Flooding - Fargo, N. D. , April 17, 2009 -- View from Fargo Veterans ...

The original database describes this as: Title: Flooded park in North Dakota Production Date: 04/17/2009 Caption: Fargo, N. D. , April 17, 2009 -- View from Fargo Veterans Bridge of flooded park. Many areas... More

Photograph of the Construction of the Cabin John Bridge over Cabin John Creek, Originally Known as the Washington Aqueduct Bridge No. 4 in Maryland
Plan for defending Lexington, when there was only four hours to do it in, from an attack of infantry on the south, east, & west side, the north side open for the retreat and the mill houses fortified to protect the bridge.
Bridge, Hicellon B - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
Batteries for Entrenchment on south side and Batteries on north side, Conowingo Bridge, Susquehannah [sic] River; Md. [Panel of plans and sections.]

Batteries for Entrenchment on south side and Batteries on north side, ...

"Fortifications Map File" Plans of Military Forts

Sketch showing Proposed defences of Harrisburg, Pa., and Conowingo Bridge, Md

Sketch showing Proposed defences of Harrisburg, Pa., and Conowingo Bri...

"Fortifications Map File" Plans of Military Forts

Campaign Maps Exhibiting the...Line of March of The Army of Georgia From Goldsboro, N.C., to Avens Bridge, N.C., From Surveys, Topographical Engineers, Army of Georgia...1865.
Plan of One Tower for the East River Bridge
Right of Way Station and Bridge Approaches of the St Louis and San Francisco Railway in and through the Choctaw Nation
Wide-View of Fishermen at Celilo Falls and the Celilo Bridge

Wide-View of Fishermen at Celilo Falls and the Celilo Bridge

This is a photograph looking downstream at fishermen around Celilo Falls, Oregon, with the Celilo Bridge, also known as the Oregon Trunk Railroad Bridge, in the background. Celilo Falls

Geological Formations - Natural Bridge/ Arch - All States

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Swinging Bridge - Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Wide-View of Fishermen at Celilo Falls and the Celilo Bridge

Wide-View of Fishermen at Celilo Falls and the Celilo Bridge

This is a photograph looking downstream at fishermen around Celilo Falls, Oregon, with the Celilo Bridge, also known as the Oregon Trunk Railroad Bridge, in the background. Celilo Falls

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Terminal Bridge and Float

Terminal Bridge and Float

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

East River Bridge Number 2

East River Bridge Number 2

Original caption: Up the East River from Cod Dock. Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

East River Bridge Number 2, After Fire

East River Bridge Number 2, After Fire

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Bridge, B H - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Wood's Regiment, Confederate Cavalry, A-Ca - Raised Directly by the Confederate Government

Bridge, B H - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Wood's Regiment, Confederat...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

Bridge Between Buildings 2 and 126, Looking South

Bridge Between Buildings 2 and 126, Looking South

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Bridge, Emery A - Fourth Cavalry (59th State Troops)

Bridge, Emery A - Fourth Cavalry (59th State Troops)

Age is [Blank]. Year listed as [BLANK]. Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

East River Bridge Number 2, After Fire

East River Bridge Number 2, After Fire

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

East River Bridge Number 2, After Fire

East River Bridge Number 2, After Fire

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Williamsburg Bridge and Boat Traffic on the East River

Williamsburg Bridge and Boat Traffic on the East River

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Bridge, H L - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Stuart's Horse Artillery AND Capt. White's Battery, Horse Artillery - Raised Directly by the Confederate Government

Bridge, H L - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Stuart's Horse Artillery AN...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

Bridge Between Buildings 2 and 126, Looking South

Bridge Between Buildings 2 and 126, Looking South

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

East River Bridge Number 2, Looking Northeast

East River Bridge Number 2, Looking Northeast

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

East River Bridge Number 2, Looking Northeast

East River Bridge Number 2, Looking Northeast

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Williamsburg Bridge, From Coaling Plant Tower

Williamsburg Bridge, From Coaling Plant Tower

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry. Co. Additional Right of Way for Protection at Canadian River Bridge & Approaches Chickasaw Nation, I.T.
North of Wynnewood Ind. Ter. Mile 492, Land for Extra Right of Way at Bridge C445.
Additional Right of Way Connections Bridge C449 & C450 M.L.
Bridge Connecting Buildings 6 and 115, Looking Northwest

Bridge Connecting Buildings 6 and 115, Looking Northwest

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Charles River Road and Bridge from Arsenal Grounds

Charles River Road and Bridge from Arsenal Grounds

This item is a photograph of the Charles River Road and Bridge taken from the Watertown Arsenal in Watertown, Massachusetts, looking towards Brighton, Massachusetts. Photographs

Use of Steel Ties, Track Near Terminal Bridge

Use of Steel Ties, Track Near Terminal Bridge

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Use of Steel Ties, Track Near Terminal Bridge

Use of Steel Ties, Track Near Terminal Bridge

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Launching Ways, Bridge, Buildings  115-117 Started, Looking North

Launching Ways, Bridge, Buildings 115-117 Started, Looking North

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Launching Ways, Bridge, Buildings 115 - 117 Started, Looking North, Yard Labor

Launching Ways, Bridge, Buildings 115 - 117 Started, Looking North, Ya...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Bridge between Buildings 115 and 117, Yard Labor

Bridge between Buildings 115 and 117, Yard Labor

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Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson - Penn Bridge Company, Contractor

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson - Penn Bridge Compa...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson, Penn Bridge Company, Contractor

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson, Penn Bridge Compan...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson, Penn Bridge Company, Contractor

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson, Penn Bridge Compan...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson, Penn Bridge Company, Contractor

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson, Penn Bridge Compan...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson, Penn Bridge Company, Contractor

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson, Penn Bridge Compan...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson, Penn Bridge Company, Contractor

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Caisson, Penn Bridge Compan...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Monthly Progress Photo, Dry Dock No. 4, Caisson in Place Looking Northeast, Penn Bridge Company, Contractor

Monthly Progress Photo, Dry Dock No. 4, Caisson in Place Looking North...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Bridge

Bridge

Pribilof Islands Glass Plate Negatives

Bridge

Bridge

Pribilof Islands Glass Plate Negatives

Bridge

Bridge

Pribilof Islands Glass Plate Negatives

Monthly Progress Photo, Terminal Bridge Repairs, Looking North, Yard Labor

Monthly Progress Photo, Terminal Bridge Repairs, Looking North, Yard L...

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Monthly Progress Photo, Terminal Bridge Repairs to Abutment, Looking East, Yard Labor

Monthly Progress Photo, Terminal Bridge Repairs to Abutment, Looking E...

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Monthly Progress Photo, Rebuilt Abutment for Terminal Bridge, Looking North East, Yard Labor

Monthly Progress Photo, Rebuilt Abutment for Terminal Bridge, Looking ...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Scene on bridge of an American Ship in British waters
British troops passing over the Hohenzollern Bridge at Cologne, Germany. 1-8-1919
Troops of the 29th British Division crossing Hohenzollerm Bridge at Cologne, Germany
Railway bridge constructed by British Engineers. Aveluy, France. 1917
Bridge destroyed by the Germans. Near Roye

Bridge destroyed by the Germans. Near Roye

British Photographs of World War I

Baseball game, Independence Day exercises. Stamford Bridge, England
British troops crossing over a bridge blown up by Germans. Near Douchy. 10-23-1918
Pontoon bridge across the Tigris River above Baghdad during the Mesopotamian campaign
Indian troops crossing over a pontoon bridge during the Mesopotamian campaign
Bridge at Menin destroyed by the Germans. Ypres Salient and Area. 10-18-1918
Baseball game, Independence Day exercises. Stamford Bridge, England
Destroyed bridge over the River Scheldt. Tournai. 11-9-1918
Baseball game, Independence Day exercises. Stamford Bridge, England
Bridge of U.S. ship fitted with glass windows

Bridge of U.S. ship fitted with glass windows

British Photographs of World War I

Railway bridge over the Somme River, near Peronne, France, which was blown up
Artwork: "At a Bridge Near Romagne," 1918 - World War I. Artist: Lester G. Hornby. US Army Art Collection

Artwork: "At a Bridge Near Romagne," 1918 - World War I. Artist: Leste...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

View of the Kotah Bridge at Baghdad

View of the Kotah Bridge at Baghdad

British Photographs of World War I

View of bridge looking towards Menjil and showing Russian toll-gate in the distance which was used as a hospital relay post
Ruins of bridge at La Bassee blown up by the Germans during their retreat. Ypres Campaign
British Machine Gunner guarding bridge over the Rhine River at Cologne, Germany
British Cavalry crossing a temporary bridge near Brie
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