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Weighing in at 14680 tons, 84m high and 1.83km long, the iconic wonder of industrial revolution connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, today known as, Brooklyn Bridge - the first ever steel-wire suspension bridge.
Designed in 1867 by German born American civil engineer, John Augustus Roebling and completed 14 years later with a cost of $15million and the help of over 600 workers, this wonder did not come about without tragedy.
At least 20 people died during the construction of this landmark and on June 28th 1869, while standing on the edge of a dock working on fixing the location where the bridge would be built, J.A Roebling, came face to foot by an arriving ferry which crushed his foot and left his toes amputated.
Having undergone “water treatment” - the continuous pouring of water over the wound and refusing further medical treatment, Roebling sadly passed away just 24 days after the accident took place.
With the completion of the bridge still in question, the project was taken upon the capable hands of the son of Roebling, Washington, who suffered a problem of his own - a decompression disease which left him paralyzed and confined to bed.
The success and completion credit of the bridge is paid to Emily Warren Roebling, the wife of Washington, stepping in as the de facto chief engineer, today respected and recognized as a pioneering female engineer and the driving force behind the bridge.
Emily was the first to cross the bridge too, Cinderella style in a carriage and with a rooster in hand as a symbol of Good Luck and Victory.
This was not the only animal to cross the bridge, as in 1884, a troop of 21 elephants marched their way across this landmark to show just how sturdy the span was.
Today the bridge carries over 120 000 vehicles, 4000 pedestrians and 2600 bicyclists daily, and is home to peregrine falcons using the 2 towers as there nesting place.
Talk about a room with a view 😊
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