Brooklyn Bridge

History and Interesting facts

The Brooklyn Bridge, in New York City is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. On May 24, 1883, The Brooklyn Bridge was opened for public access. On the opening day of the Brooklyn Bridge, more than 150,000 people and 1,800 vehicles crossed the Bridge. The weight of the bridge is 15,000 tons. It is supported by about 15,000 miles of wire. The construction of The Brooklyn Bridge took 14 years and cost $15 million. It is sad that around two dozen of people including the original designer of the Brooklyn Bridge died during the process. This New York City’s top tourist attraction takes roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians daily. The bridge is often featured in movies.

The Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883. This suspension bridge across the East River connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is considered to be the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world. In 1964, this stunning icon of New York City was designated as a National Historic Landmark. In 1972 The Brooklyn Bridge is declared as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The main span of the Brooklyn Bridge comes around 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m).

  1. With a main span of 1,595 feet (486.3 m ), Brooklyn Bridge remained the longest suspension bridge in the world for 30 years.
  2. The Brooklyn Bridge designer’s wife Emily Roebling was the first person who crossed the bridge.
  3. It takes almost half an hour to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.
  4. In May 1883 a rumor was spread over, that the bridge was about to collapse, caused a stampede on the bridge resulting in the death of at least a dozen people.
  5. In 1901, a man who tried to sell the bridge to a tourist was sentenced to two years in jail!

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