One of the most memorial things we did in New York was walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. I’ll be honest, at first I wasn’t interested in it at all. I was hot and tired and did not feel like crossing it. I’m so glad I did though.
There were so many fantastic and unique views of Manhattan. I also enjoyed walking through all the cables that support the bridge. You can bike, jog or what the bridge. There are two separate lines to avoid confusion and collisions – one for walking and one for biking.
Construction started in 1869 and the bridge was completed on May 24th, 1883. It’s just over 1.1 miles long. At the time it was the longest suspension bridge in the world; a full 50% longer than any bridge before it.
My favorite little tidbit I learned about the bridge involves elephants. A week after the bridge was opened an estimated 20,000 people were on the bridge at one time. A rumor that the bridge was about to collapse quickly spread and caused a stampede. 12 people died and people became afraid that the bridge was unsafe. So P.T. Barnum, a circus performer took 21 elephants over the bridge to prove that it was structurally sound.