Brooklyn Bridge Early Design - 1874


This is an early design of the Brooklyn Bridge published in 1874. The Bridge was completed in 1883.

Original title: The Great East River Suspension Bridge. Connecting the cities of New York and Brooklyn. Additional text at the bottom: The Bridge crosses the river by a single span of 1595½ ft, suspended by four cables 16 inches in diameter; the approach on the New York side commencing near the City Hall is 2492½ ft.; approach on the Brooklyn side 1901 ft., total length 5989 ft. Height of Tower 278 ft., from highwater to roadway 120 ft., from highwater to centre of span 155½ ft., from roadway to top 158 feet; width of Bridge in centre 85 feet with tracks for steam-cars, roadway for carriages, and walks for foot passengers, and an elevated promenade commanding a view of extraordinary beauty and extent. Estimated total cost $12,000,000.

Illustration by Parsons & Atwater. Published by Currier & Ives, copyright 1874. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.


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Brooklyn Bridge under construction, showing the west tower (Manhattan side).



Below, enlargement of the part with Fulton Ferry, in Brooklyn.


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Brooklyn Bridge Early Design - 1874






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