March 11, 2013

John A. Roebling

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John A. Roebling is best known for designing the Brooklyn Bridge, which was completed after his death (caused by an injury on the site). Roebling first built the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge (later named after Roebling), which was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge was begun in 1856, but work was delayed by the Civil War, and started back up in 1865. You can clearly see how the Brooklyn Bridge was inspired by this Cincinnati landmark

John A Roebling Bridge Roebling Bridge

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Roebling was killed by an injury he suffered while planning the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge itself was completed by his son and daughter-in-law. While Roebling may have been born in Germany and lived in Pennsylvania, his contributions to Cincinnati are undeniable and he earned his mark on our Honor Roll.

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