On this day: the Queensboro Bridge opened in 1909

Blackwell's Island Bridge, ca. 1907.

Construction of the upper level in 1907

The Queensboro Bridge, linking Manhattan to Long Island City, opened to the public on the 30th of March, 1909.

Proposals for a bridge spanning this area had been made from 1838, but the first successful plans didn’t emerge until 1903.

The Queensboro Bridge, linking Manhattan to Long Island City, circa 1908

Circa 1908

Various delays meant the bridge took longer to construct than expected.

Construction of the bridge cost fifty lives and eighteen million dollars.

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