The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. It is a result mainly of immigrant labor. It was an engineering triumph since it successfully became the world’s first steel suspension bridge. In 1883, only the Trinity Church building was higher, making the Brooklyn Bride the second highest construction of that time.
History of Brooklyn Bridge
An immigrant from Prussia, by the name of John A. Roebling, started his American career as a farmer in 1831. Later, however, he began working on canal systems where he developed the wire rope that made the bridge possible. His plans, created in 1869, for an East River bridge included constructions that would give the bridge its particular beauty. As well as make it stable that if the cables snapped, the bridge would sag and not collapse completely.
Unfortunately, shortly after the plans gained approval, an accident caused Roebling to pass away. His son, Washington Roebling, then had to take over the supervision of the work. The process was very slow and tedious due to a myriad of factors standing in the way; for example, lack of funds, certain taxpayers’ suit against the bridge, and fraud. The total construction of the bridge took 14 years. During the last decade, when Washington was rendered an invalid, he could no longer directly supervise the process. Emily Roebling, wife of Washington Roebling, became the mediator between the workers and her husband who continued indirectly watching over the project.
May 24th, 1883, marked the grand opening of the bridge amidst triumphal celebrations. Ever since, it has served as an inspiration to artists and writers everywhere. The bridge is encompassed by folklore of the time period, beginning with the Roebling family tragedies and countless deaths of workers during construction. A week after the bridge opened, a paranoid mob that believed the bridge was collapsing crushed a group of pedestrians. In 1884, no doubt to prove the stability of the bridge, P.T. Barnum took 21 elephants across. A short year later, one Robert Odium, a swimming instructor jumped to his death off the bridge. In 1886, a man named Steve Brodie claimed to have survived a leap off the 276.5 ft. tall bridge.
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