The East River “great suspension bridge” opens

May 24 marks the 127th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, celebrated in 1883 with a “grand display of fireworks and illuminations” according to this newspaper account.

The Brooklyn Bridge was hailed as an engineering marvel; schools closed for the day as politicians gave speeches and thousands of pedestrians were charged one cent to cross it.

But the festivities didn’t last. A few days later, after a staircase gave way, tragedy struck and 12 pedestrians were killed.

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2 Responses to “The East River “great suspension bridge” opens”

  1. modestine Says:

    I linked to Ephemeral New York from http://www.bookpod.org/. It’ll be on the home page until next Sunday (May 30, 2010). It’s also archived at: http://bookpod.wordpress.com/caprices-archive/

  2. Nabe News: May 24 - Bowery Boogie | A Lower East Side Chronicle Says:

    [...] marks the 127th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge.  Its opening in 1883 was celebrated with a “grand display of fireworks and illuminations.” [...]

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