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The Great American Landmarks Adventure
Brooklyn Bridge
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Brooklyn Bridge
Manhattan-Brooklyn, New York

Begun in 1869 and completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in the world. It was a remarkable engineering achievement, using some new and unusual techniques. For example, stainless steel cables were used for the first time here and the massive stone pylons that carry the cables were 350 feet high! Since its construction, the bridge has been structurally strengthened and its floor replaced. But the fact that it still carries thousands of trucks and cars to and from Manhattan every day is proof of the skill of John A. Roebling, who designed the bridge, and his son, Washington A. Roebling, who devoted years of his life to seeing it built. You can also cross it on a special walkway!

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