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Construction began on January 3, 1870. The Brooklyn Bridge was completed thirteen years later and was opened for use on May 24, 1883. The Brooklyn Bridge might not have been built had it not been for the assistance of Emily Warren Roebling, who provided the critical written link between her husband, Washington Roebling (the Chief Engineer), and engineers on-site. Most history books cite Washington Roebling's father John Roebling and Washington Roebling as the bridge’s builders. Early into construction, however, John Roebling’s foot slipped into a group of pylons from the shake of an incoming ferry. This badly crushed his toes, causing those toes to be amputated, leaving him incapacitated; he later died of an infection related to this injury and leaving his son, Washington Roebling, in charge of the bridge. The actual construction started under the younger Roebling.

The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge