Roebling Bridgemen compressing one of the 36 in. cables they built on the Golden Gate Bridge, 1936

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge opening on May 27, 2012, I focused this talk on May 22 at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York on the Roebling tradition of suspension bridge innovations.

From John A. Roebling’s first bridge in 1846, Roebling innovations enabled the construction of a series of landmark suspension bridges, including the Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Manhattan, Bear Mountain, George Washington and Golden Gate Bridges.

The General Society was founded in 1785, and several of its prominent members were connected to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, including William Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, and Abram Hewitt.


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