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Video: Building the Brooklyn Bridge

By History.com Staff
For 128 years, the granite towers and steel cables of New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge have offered a safe and scenic passage to millions of commuters and tourists, trains and bicycles, pushcarts and cars. A marvel of engineering, the majestic link between Manhattan and Brooklyn became a reality thanks to John Augustus Roebling, a pioneer in the design of steel suspension bridges. An estimated 27 workers died during the perilous process used to build a solid foundation in the depths of the East River, including Roebling himself. After 13 years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge opened on May 24, 1883, during a ceremony attended by President Chester A. Arthur, New York Mayor Franklin Edson and other luminaries. Find out more about the making of this historic New York landmark below.

Categories: Bridges, Engineering, New York City