Souvenir of the Opening of the East River Bridge, May 24, 1883

Description
By the late 19th century, the United States had established itself as a world leader in the area of civil engineering. Perhaps no project better symbolized America's technical prowess than the awe-inspiring Brooklyn Bridge, which connected the nation's largest and third largest cities—New York and Brooklyn, respectively—in 1883 across the turbulent tidal strait known as the East River. The main 1,600-foot (490-meter) span of this towering suspension bridge exceeded the world's longest span by fifty percent.
The bridge's opening prompted a huge celebration. This white metal medallion was struck to commemorate that occasion. Its obverse proudly proclaims the motto, "Two Cities As One," while the legend on its reverse reads: "Souvenir of the Opening of the East River Bridge, May 24th 1883."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medallion
Date made
1883
associated date
1883-05-24
Physical Description
metal, white (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1/8 in x 1 3/8 in; x .3175 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
1981.0079.01
accession number
1981.0079
catalog number
1981.0079.01
subject
Coins, Currency and Medals
Transportation
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
event
Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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