Apologies ought to be due from the good folks of Bridge-Cities. For while we have seemingly discussed all matters off bridges and entrapped ourselves in thoughts of how such marvellous innovations were first made; we’ve forgotten the simple foundation of the history of bridges. Where did man learn of the idea to invent and use a bridge? What was the first man made construction of a bridge? And so forth… I therefore bring you the answers to your questions.
The very first bridges, were of course made by nature, as you could imagine. A fallen tree would be used as a log across a stream, and so on.
Thus wooden bridges were presumably the earliest form, however it’s probable stone bridges were introduced at some point not long after.
It is known that some early Americans used bamboo poles in order to cross small caverns or wells. This developed into a form of lashing sticks, logs and branches together, assembling architectural geniuses for the time.
Then came the Romans – and by then I mean some thousand years later. These historical giants, were the best known bridge builders of the ancient age. Whilst earlier designs such as those of the Greek Bronze Age were, although strong, susceptible to being ruined in harsh conditions; Roman bridges were simply solid. They were the first large and lasting bridges to be built.
The Romans were in fact the first to use concrete for their bridges, and there genius is such that some of these masterpieces are still standing today.
There you have it.
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