Friday, August 17, 2007

Brooklyn Bridge

This is one of the oldest suspension bridges in USA, connecting Manhattan & Brooklyn. It took 13 years to complete the construction, opened in 1883 (124 years ago !).






It soon become an iconic part of the New York skyline, and was designated a National Historic Landmark later in 1964.






With 5,989 feet long, it was the largest & longest suspension bridge in the world (50% longer than any previously built), it is also the first steel-wire suspension bridge at completion.







The bridge has a Gothic style architecture and is built from limestone, granite, and Rosendale natural cement.






Washington Roebling was the one who cotinue to build the bridge after his father died soon after the bridge has started its construction, but later he himself got a decompression sickness called caisson disease after 2 years, his wife then started learning engineering and communicating his wishes to the on-site assistants. When the bridge opened, she was the first person to cross it.






This is one of the visiting spots in our East Coast Tour, these photos were taken while we were in a cruise, in 2003.

6 comments:

kuanhoong said...

In Japan, there is the famous Rainbow bridge, seems like the same bridge to me

Emila Yusof said...

Hi BeeLee! You sure have been to many places! Thank you for all the great posts and the nice pictures!

BeeLee said...

Hello KuanHoong : I think most bridges do look the same, unless they have very unique design & colors such as the Golden Gate Bridge.


Hello Emila : Thanks for dropping by :) Actually places I have visited are not many compared to many others :)

JennyHow said...

very educational post. yep, all bridges look the same... because i think all should be using the same concept,...

ant said...

Waaaa... I wanna go to the art museum~ See all the sculptures & art masterpieces!!!

BeeLee said...

Hi Jenny : Golden Gate Bridge with red color is very unique, I think I should put out some of its photo here :)


Hello Ant : Welcome to my blog :) I think you want to put this comment on my "Sleepless in Settle ?" post :) The France's Louvre Museum has a lot of amazing sculptures & masterpieces, I'll share some of them in my future post :)