Brooklyn and New York
Mr. John A. Roebling, the engineer of the Niagara Suspension Bridge, proposes to build a bridge between the cities of New York and Brooklyn. The superstructure of the bridge would form an arch about two miles long, clearing the water of the East river in one sweep of 1,600 to 1,800 feet span, and extending over the houses of both cities in a series of smaller spans whose length would be gradually diminished from the East river towards either approach, say from 1,200 to 1,600 feet.
Source: Fayetteville Observer, April 14, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org
Roebling did oversee the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, which was opened in 1883 and is still in use today. Read more on the Library of Congresss’ Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge page here. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun12.html