John A. Roebling, Engineer
Spanning the Ohio River
Cincinnati OH / Covington KY
In 1866 when the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge opened it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It was completed just a year after Abraham Lincoln’s death.
John A. Roebling was also the designer of the better known Brooklyn Bridge in New York (1883).
Still in use today by both pedestrians and automobiles, it is amazing to think that automobiles were not even around when the bridge was built. Henry Ford did not sell his first car, the Quadricycle, until 1896, and the assembly line for the Model T was first used in 1913 – 47 years after the bridge was built.