October 14, 2019

Today in History: Williamsburg Bridge

Today in History–December 19–the Library of Congress features New York City's Williamsburg Bridge, opened on this day in 1903. Built to alleviate traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge was the largest of three steel-frame suspension bridges to eventually span the city’s East River.  Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the Williamsburg Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, suspension bridges, and … [Read more...]

Today in History: Roebling & the Brooklyn Bridge

Today in History–June 12–the Library of Congress features civil engineer John A. Roebling, born on this day in 1806. Roebling's last and greatest achievement was completing the Brooklyn bridge in 1883. The bridge spans New York's East River nearly 1,600 feet to connect Manhattan with Brooklyn. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the Brooklyn Bridge, suspension bridges and other types of bridges. Brooklyn … [Read more...]