1883: Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge

1883: Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge
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Its towers are in some way comparable to the European cathedrals. They are about 108 meters tall.

On this day in 1883, the famous Brooklyn Bridge (New York City) was opened for use. It happened during the Wild West era. For example, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, in which Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday participated, took place in 1881, i.e. two years before the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge. Also, Billy the Kid was killed in 1881.

When the Brooklyn Bridge was built, horse drawn carriages were still used, and there were no electric lights in the cities. The towers of the Brooklyn Bridge are in some way comparable to the European cathedrals. They have a height of 84.3 meters above the water surface, and are located about 24 meters below the water level (therefore, they have a total height of about 108 meters).

The Brooklyn Bridge was built in the Neo-Gothic style. Big ships could pass under the Brooklyn Bridge because its roadway was 41 meters above the water level (at the tallest part). At the time, the Brooklyn Bridge was extremely important for New York because it was the only bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The former U.S. president Chester A. Arthur and New York Mayor Franklin Edson attended the opening ceremony.

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