January 3, 1870: Construction Begins on the Brooklyn Bridge
On this day in 1870, construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge. It took thirteen years to build and opened for use on May 24, 1883. Ken Burns’s 1981 film Brooklyn Bridge chronicled the progression of the New York-Brooklyn Bridge, which was the premier engineering feat of its time, and puts its construction in greater historical context.
Photo: “On the promenade, Brooklyn Bridge, New York,” c.1899 (Library of Congress).