Thursday, May 24, 2012

This Day in History May 24, 1883

It was on this date in 1883 that the largest suspension bridge to that date was opened--the Brooklyn Bridge. It took 14 years and cost 27 lives.  The opening ceremony was presided over by President Arthur and New York Governor Cleveland.  The bridge was deemed the "eighth wonder of the world," and it led the merging of Brrooklyn with New York in 1898.  It is a shame that the designer of the bridge, John Roebling, died right before construction began.

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