And that is exactly what we did. Today I’d like to take you along with us … on a tour of the astonishing Brooklyn Bridge walkway.
It was conceived by John Augustus Roebling, who worked on it until he sustained an injury and developed tetanus after his toes were amputated. He eventually died and his work was carried on by his son Washington Roebling. Washington developed decompression sickness and was confined to his apartment. His wife, Emily Warren Roebling assisted him for the remainder of the construction becoming the “first woman field engineer”.
The Towers were built in the Neo Gothic architectural style with limestone, granite, and Rosendale cement. The vaults below the towers were rented out by the City in order to fund the bridge.
A few years later P.T. Barnum of the world famous Barnum and Bailey Circus led a parade across the bridge with Jumbo the Elephant, who was his most famous attraction, and 21 other elephants. This proved that the bridge really was stable.
Below we can see how the walkway is built around the towers and how spacious the whole walkway is.
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