Brooklyn Bridge – Dale’s Daily Data
When it opened in 1883 it was called a marvel of engineering. The Brooklyn Bridge across the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn in New York City was one of the world’s first suspension bridges. And over the years millions of people have used it in cars, trains or just walking across it.
It meant learning some of the most complicated construction methods ever attempted up to that point all the while kind of learning from Roebling himself. And if it wasn’t for this one person willing to take on the job we might not have the Brooklyn Bridge today.
Many of the assistant engineers and contractors depended on this person’s advice and was considered by many as the project’s Chief engineer. Turns out it was a woman who got the job done. The woman was Roebling’s very intelligent, talented and dedicated wife Emily.
And if you look at the plaque dedicating the bridge – you’ll find her name recognizing her role in creating one of the era's great engineering achievements.