Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Major

History

Date of Defense

10-31-2014

Graduate Advisor

Louis S. Gerteis, Ph.D.

Committee

Louis Gerteis, Ph.D.

Steven Rowan, Ph.D.

Carlos Schwantes, Ph.D.

Abstract

In this work I examined the evolution of bridge-building technology, specifically suspension bridge-building technology, researched the decision making process Eads employed in selecting an arch bridge design, and presented conclusions that Eads reached that resulted in his belief that an arch bridge, built with the new technology of steel, was superior to a suspension bridge.

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