It was remarkable at its time, and heralded in many new suspension bridges to span across many American waterways. The Brooklyn Bridge became a symbol of post-Civil War achievement in America. It was a masterpiece of engineering by the Roeblings—John and his son Washington—and their firm John Roebling & Sons in Trenton, New Jersey. Their company most supplied wire for suspension bridges, but they designed the Brooklyn Bridge itself as well. Soon the bridge enabled the transportation of 33 million persons a year, even before the arrival of automobiles.
The Brooklyn Bridge also enjoys the dubious distinction of being "the most sold bridge in the world." Specifically,
|“||If you believe that, I'll sell you the Brooklyn Bridge||”|