Imagine if you still had to take a boat to get from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Until the Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1883, the only way to get across the East River was to board a watercraft. At the time of its construction, the Brooklyn Bridge was the world’s longest suspension bridge. It was originally called both the East River Bridge and the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, but the name ‘Brooklyn Bridge’ is the one that stuck.
Headquarters: Baltimore, MD
Founders: John W. Garrett · William Patterson
Advertisement for the Baltimore and Ohio in an 1864 Baltimore city directory, promoting its repairs and reopening at one point during the war.
(1830) Passenger rail service begins in US.
Also on this day,
1883 | Brooklyn Bridge opens
1956 | Eurovision begins
1991 | Landmark feminist film