he first bridge, of some of the predecessor structures of today's Gustav-Heinemann-Bridge, at this point over the Ruhr, was already mentioned in a document in 1065. In 1642 and again in 1752, the Werdener bridge was destroyed by floods, mostly snow melt water from the Sauerland, the source and tributary area of the Ruhr. On the predecessor bridges, which were probably otherwise little decorated, there was also a Ruhr or Brücktor, similar to a city gate, on the predecessor of the Königsbrücke on the east side towards the city.The steel King's Bridge, built in 1853/1854, was specially designed for a higher load-bearing capacity for future motor vehicle traffic and was therefore superior to its predecessors in terms of stability thanks to the stone stream piers. In honor of Kaiser Wilhelm I., a statue made by the Werden sculptor Wilhelm Albermann was unveiled as a memorial on one of the three river pillars in 1884. In 1891 the statues, also created by Wilhelm Albermann, by Helmuth von Moltke and Otto von Bismarck, followed on the other two river pillars of the Königsbrücke. The three statues were not erected when the new bridge was built, but have been preserved to this day and are located in Dückerpark in Werden. The Dückerpark, on Dückerstraße, is a former Werden cemetery (1824-1875) on which some of Werden's city personalities (e.g.: the building historian Prof. Wilhelm Effmann, relatives of the sculptor Wilhelm Albermann, cloth manufacturer Johann(es) Forstmann, cloth manufacturer Matthias Wiese, Wilhelm Mintrop, known as Schulte Barkhoven and the Baedeker family known in Essen) were laid to rest. The three statues made of Ruhr sandstone were included in the monument list of the city of Essen in 1986 as a movable monument.
January 29, 2023
Gustav-Heinemann-Brücke - here the federal highway B 224 passes the Ruhr ...
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