Build­ing the Bridge

Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Globetrotter -

The bridge was de­signed by Ger­man im­mi­grant John Roe­bling, who died in 1869, just be­fore con­struc­tion be­gan, from com­pli­ca­tions of a freak ac­ci­dent at the bridge site. His son, Wash­ing­ton Roe­bling, stepped in, but in 1872 fell ill after work­ing in the bridge’s un­der­wa­ter cais­sons. Wash­ing­ton’s wife, Emily Roe­bling, took over day-to-day con­struc­tion du­ties. She stud­ied civil en­gi­neer­ing and dealt with politi­cians, en­gi­neers and work­ers in­volved in the project, see­ing it through to com­ple­tion.

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