History of the Brooklyn Bridge
In the years around 1870, when the project was first put under way, the concept of building an unmatched bridge to cross the East River between the two great cities Manhattan and Brooklyn required determination that was comparable to that which the constructors of those who built the great cathedrals. All the way through the fourteen years of its construction, the odds were high against the successful completion of the bridge.(David McCullough “the Great Bridge”pg2) Bodies were crushed and broken, lives lost, political empires had fallen, and surges of public emotion were constantly threatening the project. But this is not only the story of an engineering miracle, “it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time and of the heroes and rascals who had a hand in either constructing or exploiting the surpassing enterprise.” –David McCullough
An American civil engineer, was born at Mühlhausen, Prussia, on the 6th of June 1806, (David McCullough pg. 15) went by the name of John Roebling. Roebling was the engineer and designer of the bridge, long after his discovery of how you could work wire into cable to create suspension bridges. Roebling came to design suspension bridges through his earlier work on canals. Trained as an engineer at Berlin's Royal Polytechnic Institute, Roebling immigrated to the United States in 1831, helping to settle the farming community of Saxonburg in western Pennsylvania. After doing that he moved on from there and went to work for the rail road where he became troubled by their reliance on dangerously breakable hemp rope, in about 1839, Roebling turned his efforts toward the manufacture of strong but flexible wire rope as an alternative. Roebling's invention soon was being used by the Allegheny Portage Railroad; he received a patent for his "new and Improved Mode of Manufacturing Wire Ropes" in 1842. (Lynn Curlee pg5)
In 1848 Roebling moved his family to Trenton, New...