By Mary J. Shapiro

Profusely illustrated account of the best engineering success of the nineteenth century. infrequent modern photographs and engravings, observed by way of huge, distinctive captions, bear in mind development, human drama, politics, even more. 167 black-and-white illustrations.

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As one workman was quoted in the New York Times. '' There was also some vandal- [the ism: people actually cut the cables to earn- off strands of wire as footbridge] against the violence of terrific gales that rage here Top of the Brooklyn tower and footbridge, view 1877. Another of the footpath was printed in Harper's rival newspaper. Frank Leslies Illustrated Sens, during the summer when the bridge was at its peak of popularity Henry Murphy President of the Bridge Company, personally issued the passes and decided who could go and who could not go.

C. d. e), which drove the traveler rope (A), the cables which supported the cradles and footbridge, and two cables in the process being drawn across the bridge by carrier wheel (G). When the passed over the towers, they were drawn over sets of grooved cast-iron wheels set upright and revolving between large timbers bolted together and extending across the towers. Likewise, when the ropes passed over the cradles, they were run on top of small grooved wheels set in a frame. The whole system was driven of traveler ropes by a 20-horse-power steam engine stationed anchorage.

Women, however. 1 I \ souvenirs. 74. 75. Brooklyn anchorage, 1877. This official-looking party, perhaps trustees of the Bridge Company, are posed just beyond the solid safety of the Brooklyn anchorage. Note the warning prominently posted for visitors starting their journey over the footbridge. By the middle of August several thousand people had crossed, including four-year-old Al Smith, Company as a whose father worked for the Bridge man suffered an be tied down until his guard. By September of 1877, after a on the footbridge and had to was finally stopped entirely.

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