PhotoPOSTcard: Want to Buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

Brooklyn Bridge

Last Updated on 10/21/20 by quiltripping

“If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you”

Since it was built, New York’s Brooklyn Bridge has become a symbol of ultimate gullibility.

At the turn of the 19th century, the Brooklyn Bridge along with the Statue of Liberty were the most recognized symbols of America. More than one con man attempted to sell the bridge to newly landed immigrants. Surprisingly, there were people gullible enough with money in their pockets to actually make the con successful – and more than just once.

In 1883 when the bridge was completed, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Today it is a National Historic Landmark, and provides a scenic stroll between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, with a lovely view of the Manhattan skyline, including the new World Trade Center building.

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