Workers began construction on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Construction began on the bridge in 1869, a few years before Boss Tweed’s arrest, with Roebling’s son, Washington A. Roebling, taking over.

The bridge’s construction was completed on May 24, 1883, making it the world’s largest suspension bridge.

The masterwork of John Augustus Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was built (1869–83) in the face of immense difficulties. Roebling, an engineer, had developed his own method for weaving wire cables, which became one of the leading constructional components of his bridge designs.