May 24, 1883…..
The Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened. It connected the cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history. Its construction took 14 years and the deaths of 27 workers.
The Brooklyn Bridge was designed by John Augustus Roebling. His use of wire rope enabled him to build suspension bridges thought impossible by other engineers. Roebling died of tetanus from injuries received while inspecting the Brooklyn Bridge.
The con artist George C. Parker became famous for selling the Brooklyn Bridge, sometimes as often as twice a week.