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The Brooklyn Bridge

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The Brooklyn Bridge
After the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883, it was known as the longest bridge in the world during that time period. The bridge is also defined as the first bridge to have been built with steel wires. In addition, The Brooklyn Bridge is included among the most elegant inventions of humankind and the best architectural achievement of its period. The history of the Brooklyn Bridge is a classic written by the strength and forfeit of two brilliant engineers, John A. Roebling and son Washington Roebling. The Brooklyn Bridge was designed by John A. Roebling in 1869, and was finished in 1883. In 1855, John Roebling, who was an owner of a wire-rope company and a well known bridge designer, proposed a postponement of the Brooklyn Bridge after he became irritated by the “Atlantic Avenue Fulton Street Ferry”. A ferry which transportation that transported passengers between Brooklyn and Manhattan. According to an article titled ‘Brooklyn Bridge History”, written by John S. Babbitt, John A. Roebling was a born in Germany in 1806, during the middle of the revolution and transformation. After feeling unhappy with farming in Germany, he moved to the United States in search of a better life. However, before migrating to the U.S., John Roebling received his degree in engineering at the Civil engineering Royal polytechnic institute of Berlin in 1826. Taking that into consideration, his shift from a farmer to a leading big suspension bridge builder was not a surprise to people of his time. John A. Roebling illustrated each elements of the bridge; Starting with the bridge gigantic stone towers to its four steel wires. Although the idea of a suspension bridge over the East River was inspired by John A. Roebling impatience with the Ferry; the idea of a bridge was also due to the concern of crossing between the borough of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan during the early 1800’s. During the planning of the East River crossing, which is where the Brooklyn...

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