This Week in History – The Brooklyn Bridge Opens

The Great Brooklyn BridgeThe Great Brooklyn Bridge · Thu, May 24, 1883 – 1 · The Daily Union-Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) ·

On May 24, 1883, the famous bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan Island was officially opened for business. The ensuing celebration and ceremony was attended by thousands who came to witness the success of what was then the largest suspension bridge in the world.

The Big BridgeThe Big Bridge · Thu, May 24, 1883 – 1 · Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin) ·

The Brooklyn Bridge opensThe Brooklyn Bridge opens · Fri, Jun 1, 1883 – 2 · The St Johnsbury Caledonian (St Johnsbury, Vermont) ·

Effusive praise of the Brooklyn BridgeEffusive praise of the Brooklyn Bridge · Wed, May 23, 1883 – Page 3 · Green Bay Press-Gazette (Green Bay, Wisconsin) ·

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  2. David McCullough’s excellent book “The Great Bridge” is a good read about the tribulations of the Roeblings while planning and building this bridge. It is also a good view into the history of New York City in those years.

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