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News Display: Brooklyn Bridge Opens

On May 24, 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge, designed by German born John A. Roebling, opened. Constructed over 14 years, and with 27 related construction deaths and hundreds of workers ill with compression or the "bends", it was the largest suspension bridge built to date, spanning 1,595 feet over its granite foundations in the East River. It is estimated that as many as 250,000 people walked across the bridge within 24 hours of its opening by 21st U.S. President Chester Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Brooklyn Bridge united the then cities of Brooklyn and New York, and it foreshadowed the emergence of Greater New York to encompass Staten Island. Brooklyn, and nearby farm towns.

News will tell the incredible story of building of the Brooklyn Bridge, "the eighth wonder of the world" --as well as that of John A. Roebling, who died from tetanus as a result of a boating accident on the East River.

For more information be sure to see Brooklyn Bridge on A View to Cities and the Library of Congress' American Memory Project

The Everett Cafe features educational news displays on a wide range of topics, in addition to daily postings of headlines from around the world.

In addition be sure to see Celebrating TC: 125 Days, showcasing one interesting story per day about Teachers College in the news. Through Friday, July 26th.

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  • Jennifer Govan
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