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Roebling Suspension Bridge | Capture Cincinnati Photo Contest - Gotham City Awaits by Wolfgang Kreutzer

Gotham City Awaits by Wolfgang Kreutzer on Capture Cincinnati // Roebling Bridge riverview with Cincinnati backdrop

A bridge to connect Cincinnati and Covington had been discussed since the 1820s, but it was not until 1846 & 1847 that the Ohio and Kentucky legislatures issued charters to undertake the project. Construction began on a suspension bridge in the 1860s, but the Civil War prevented its completion until 1867. The John A. Roebling, became the prototype for New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.  Learn more about the details of this Cincinnati engineering feat by joining our April 26 Heritage Program Tour.

A bridge to connect Cincinnati and Covington had been discussed since the but it was not until 1846

The Ohio River flood of 1937 took place in late January and February 1937. With damage stretching from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois, one million people were left homeless, with 385 dead and property losses reaching $500 million. Federal and state resources were strained to aid recovery, as the disaster occurred during the Great Depression and a few years after the Dust Bowl.

This photo from Covington shows the Roebling Suspension Bridge as well as the Cincinnati skyline.

From the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: Cincinnati riverfront, 1890. Photograph by Thorton Barrette.

From the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: Cincinnati riverfront, Photograph by Thorton Barrette.

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