Brooklyn Bridge

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The Brooklyn Bridge is a cable suspension bridge that was completed in 1883. It still stands today on the east side of lower Manhattan, connecting it with Brooklyn.

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
is a common proverb to describe a statement that the speaker knows is false, or at least finds impossible to believe. (Or says he does.)