Where does the Union Chain Bridge fit in history?

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c. 850 BC Caravan Bridge

Location: Izmir, Turkey Type: Arch bridge Material: stone

Length: 8.5 m (28 ft) Height: unknown

c. 1st century AD Pont du Gard

Location: Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France Type: 3-tier arch aqueduct Material: Shelly limestone, lined with cement

Length: 275 m (900 ft) over the river Height: 48 m (157 ft) at tallest point

c. 1400 Q’eswachaka

Location: Quehue District, Peru Type: Hanging suspension bridge Material: Grass

Length: 36 m (118 ft)Height: 18 m (60 ft) above the river

1430s Tachog Lhakang

Location: Paro Valley, Bhutan Type: Hanging suspension bridge Material: Iron chains and brick towers

Length: unknownHeight: unknown

1624 Berwick Old Bridge

Location: Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK Type: Arch bridge Material: Red sandstone

Length: 355 m (¼ of a mile)Height: 14 m (45 ft) at tallest point

1781 Iron Bridge

Location: Telford, UK Type: Arch bridge Material: Cast iron

Length: 30 m (98 ft)Height: 17 m (56 ft)

1820 Union Chain Bridge

Location: The River Tweed, between the parishes of Hutton (Scotland) and Horncliffe (England)

Type: Suspension bridge Material: Wrought iron chains and links, sandstone piers, wooden deck

Length: 133 m (437 ft) Height: The Scottish tower is the tallest point at 18 m (60 ft) high

1937 Golden Gate Bridge

Location: San Fransisco, USA Type: Suspension bridge Material: Steel and concrete

Length: 1,965 m (6450 ft) Height: 225 m (740 ft)

1998 Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

Location: Akashi, Japan Type: Suspension bridge Material: Steel and concrete

Length: 3,911 m (2.43 miles) Height: 297 m (974 ft)

2017 Charles Kuonen Bridge

Location: Randa, Switzerland Type: Hanging suspension bridge Material: Steel

Length: 494 m (1621 ft) Height: 85 m (279 ft) at its highest point

2022 Pelješac Bridge

Location: Croatia Type: Mainly cable-stayed Material: Steel and concrete

Length: 2,404m (1.5 miles) Height: 55 m (180 ft)