A Picture History of the Brooklyn Bridge
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Brooklyn Bridge History and Photography
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About this title Synopsis: Profusely illustrated account of the greatest engineering achievement of the 19th century. Brooklyn did not become part of New York City until , following a referendum that passed there by just votes out of more than , cast.
Prior to the merger, it was the fourth most populous city in the country—behind only New York, Chicago and Philadelphia—with loads of manufacturing jobs, many churches, relatively low crime and good schools. The bridge quickly became a cultural sensation. The Brooklyn Bridge has arguably inspired more art than any other manmade structure in the United States.
The bridge has always attracted daredevils and showmen. Circus entertainer P.
Barnum took 21 elephants over the bridge in May to show that it was safe. The following year, Robert E.
Odlum, a swimming instructor from Washington, D. He died, but a number of later jumpers survived, including one man allegedly trying to impress his girlfriend and another who wore large canvas wings.
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Other stuntmen have flown planes under the bridge and bungee jumped from or climbed its towers. Peregrine falcons nest atop it. Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on record, capable of reaching speeds over miles per hour. They disappeared from the eastern United States due to DDT poisoning, but made a comeback after the pesticide was banned in Surprisingly, the birds soon began thriving in New York City, where they nest on bridges, church steeples and skyscrapers.