The Kite That Bridged Two Nations

The Kite That Bridged Two Nations

Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge

Book - 2013
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Story based on actual events. A young kite enthusiast lends his skill to an engineering feat-- the construction of the first suspension bridge downstream from Niagara Falls. O'Neill's narrator (16-year-old Homan Walsh in 1847, from the author's note) recounts in free verse his entry in the kite-flying contest posed by the bridge's engineer. The winner must anchor a line 240 feet across an 800-foot chasm between the United States and Canada above Whirlpool Rapids. Backmatter includes a timeline, source list and more complete story of what is actually known or surmised for the story's telling.
Publisher: Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, [2013]
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlighs, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781590789384
Branch Call Number: Ju E ONE
Additional Contributors: Widener, Terry - Illustrator


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LMcShaneCLE Nov 07, 2015

This story reminds us that before aviation - bridge builders had to consider novel ways to span a chasm. The contest related in this book actually happened. Share this book with a sharp mind - a future engineer - who may solve the problems we face today.


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