Opening of a temporary bridge on the Ardeche River.
The heavy floods of the Ardeche on September 10, 1857, destroyed the Rolandy bridge, which was replaced by a temporary bridge opened on December 20 the same year. A few days later, a heavy rainfall caused new floods, which destroyed this temporary bridge. The Rolandy bridge was rebuilt in 1858 and washed away by floods once again in 1890. It stands today in Pont-de-Labeaume, a town created in 1903.
The Ardeche is a tributary of the Rhone River, flowing in southern France. Its source is in Astet near the Chavade pass.
The caption reads in the original French:
Inauguration d’un pont américain construit pour remplacer le pont de Rolandy, enlevé par les dernières inondations de l’Ardèche. — D’après un dessin de M. L. Cuchet.