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On the Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge, New York
A walk across the water on the promenade of the Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge Designer John A. Roebling Was Born
June 12, 1806

When the Brooklyn Bridge was opened you had to pay three cents to cross it until it was paid for. When they opened the bridge everybody went to see it...It took them 14 years to build the Brooklyn bridge.

David A. Lawrence, New York, New York, interviewed by Dorothy West on September 6, 1938.
American Life Histories, 1936-1940

It doesn't sound like a lot of money today, but back then, the three cent toll helped the city pay for the construction. Now you can cross the Brooklyn Bridge for free. Sadly, John A. Roebling did not live to see the completion of his greatest achievement. He died from tetanus contracted in an accident during construction of the bridge. But every day since it was completed, people have used and appreciated the bridge Roebling designed.

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