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

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

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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."
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metal, white (overall material)
overall: 1/8 in x 1 3/8 in; x.3175 cm x 3.4925 cm
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Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
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National Museum of American History
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