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Today it's a symbol of strength and vitality. 135 years ago, it was a source of controversy. This documentary examines the great problems and ingenious solutions that marked the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. From conception to construction, it traces the bridge's transformation from a spectacular feat of heroic engineering to an honored symbol in American culture.

Construction of the bridge consists of two granite towers and a series of steel cables.
The Brooklyn Bridge has developed into an object of cultural significance.
Since its opening over 130 years ago, the bridge has become an icon of New York City.
Funding Provided by: General Motors; The Corporation for Public Broadcasting; New York Council for the Humanities; NEH; Citibank, N.A.; Abraham & Strauss; American Society of Civil Engineers; NY Telephone; Consolidated Edison; NY State Council for the Arts; Brooklyn Union Gas; Kings County Democratic Committee; Constans-Culver Foundation; New York Dock Railway; and W.R. Grace & Co.
Trace the bridge's transformation from a feat of heroic engineering to an honored symbol.
The bridge is the archetypal monument.
David McCullough talks about the Brooklyn Bridge.