Brooklyn Bridge By: maggie long

The Brooklyn bridge connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest bridges of either type in the United States. Completed in 1883. Construction started: January 3, 1870 and it finished May 24, 1883, it took about 13 years to complete.

Some of the architects were John A. Roebling and Washington Roebling. The total length of the bridge was 5,989 ft long. At least 20 people died during the construction of this bridge. Also another interesting fact a rooster was made the first type across the bridge. 21 elephants crossed the bridge to show how sturdy it was. It was the longest bridge for two decades until it finally lost the title in 1903, its successor was none other than its fellow East River crossing the Williamsburg Bridge. The latter’s main span bested the Brooklyn Bridge’s by only four and a half feet, though its total length reached 7,308 feet.

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