Nik Wallenda’s Tightrope Was Made in Pennsylvania

If you live in Pennsylvania, you can pretend–a little more credibly, at least–that you were participating in history last night. In case you missed it, Nic, the 7th generation representative of the Flying Wallenda family, became the first person ever to tight-rope walk across the Grand Canyon. If not for a wire made in Pennsylvania, he would have had nothing to walk on and tragically fallen to his death. Basically.

The custom-made, nonlubricated cable that was more than 2,000 feet long was made by Wirerope Works in Williamsport, which also manufactured the rope he used a year ago to walk over Niagara Falls.

Wirerope Works also manufactured cables for Madison Square Garden, the Sears Tower, and the old World Trade Center towers. [Patriot-News]