Brooklyn Bridge in Cinncinnati? / by peter podlas

The Roebling Bridge between Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio opened to traffic on January 1, 1867.  Its central span of 1057 feet was the longest in the world.  John A. Roebling had spent most of the previous two years in New York and at his home in New Jersey vigorously planning for his next proposed project – a bridge over the East River connecting New York City and Brooklyn .  The work at Covington had been under the supervision of his son, Washington, since early in 1865.

Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1870, using the Roebling Bridge as its model.  Although stricken with caisson decease in 1872 – which made him a partial invalid, Washington was able to overcome many difficulties to complete the bridge in 1883.  With a central span of 1595 feet, it became the world’s longest bridge – surpassing its forerunner at Cincinnati.