130th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge

Today marks the 130th anniversary of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. With a main span of 1,595.5 feet, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903.
On May 24, 1883, the bridge

was dedicated by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover

Cleveland.

Pedestrians stroll along the promenade of the Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York City, 1891. The suspension bridge was opened to traffic on May 24, 1883. When bridge designer John A. Roebling incorporated the promenade into the design of the bridge, he said it was important that the people take part in the leisures afforded by the bridge. (AP Photo)
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Pedestrians stroll along the promenade of the Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York City, 1891. The suspension bridge was opened to traffic on May 24, 1883. When bridge designer John A. Roebling incorporated the promenade into the design of the bridge, he said it was important that the people take part in the leisures afforded by the bridge. (AP Photo)
Trains and a horse-drawn carriage pass through the Brooklyn terminal of New York's Brooklyn Bridge, ca. 1903. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)
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Trains and a horse-drawn carriage pass through the Brooklyn terminal of New York's Brooklyn Bridge, ca. 1903. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)
The steamboat Chester W. Chapin docks at a pier in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, ca. 1905. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)
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The steamboat Chester W. Chapin docks at a pier in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, ca. 1905. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)
In this Oct. 7, 1914 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, painters are suspended from wires on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of a rich collection that documents life in New York City. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures, Eugene de Salignac) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this Oct. 7, 1914 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, painters are suspended from wires on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of a rich collection that documents life in New York City. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures, Eugene de Salignac) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this Oct. 7, 1914 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, painters are suspended from wires on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of a rich collection that documents life in New York City. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures, Eugene de Salignac) MANDATORY CREDIT
This undated photo shows the Brooklyn Bridge, which spans the East River, and the lower Manhattan skyline. At center, left of the bridge, are the Twin Towers. (AP Photo)
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This undated photo shows the Brooklyn Bridge, which spans the East River, and the lower Manhattan skyline. At center, left of the bridge, are the Twin Towers. (AP Photo)
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People stop along the Brooklyn waterfront to photograph the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in New York. Much of lower Manhattan is without electric power following the impact of superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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People stop along the Brooklyn waterfront to photograph the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in New York. Much of lower Manhattan is without electric power following the impact of superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Commuters cross New York's Brooklyn Bridge, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Morning rush-hour traffic appeared heavier than on an ordinary day as people started to return to work in a New York without functioning subways. Cars were bumper to bumper on several major highways. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Commuters cross New York's Brooklyn Bridge, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Morning rush-hour traffic appeared heavier than on an ordinary day as people started to return to work in a New York without functioning subways. Cars were bumper to bumper on several major highways. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Commuters cross New York's Brooklyn Bridge, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Morning rush-hour traffic appeared heavier than on an ordinary day as people started to return to work in a New York without functioning subways. Cars were bumper to bumper on several major highways. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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