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Eiserner Steg Bridge over Main River in Frankfurt am Main.

The Iron Footbridge was erected in 1868-69 by a private company of citizens as a third bridge across the Main connecting the center of Frankfurt with Sachsenhausen. The other two bridges across the Main at that time were the centuries old Alte Bruecke (Old Bridge) and a railroad bridge (today's Friedensbruecke) that was begun in 1844. The bridge was for pedestrian use only as there was no space on the Frankfurt side to build access ramps for a road bridge. The Iron Bridge was re-worked in 1911. The bridge began on the Frankfurt river bank next to the customs tower (Rententurm) When the bridge opened in September 1869, users had to pay a toll of one Kreuzer which was applied to the construction costs of 120,000 Florins. The toll was abolished when the city took over the bridge a short time later.

The Main is a river in Germany, 524 km long, and it is one of the more significant tributaries of the Rhine. The Main flows through the German states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse. The Main begins near Kulmbach at the joining of its two headstreams, the Red Main (Roter Main) and the White Main (Weisser Main).

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