By Nancy Royan
Librarian, Wedsworth Memorial Library 

The Brooklyn Bridge and Emily

Series: Library News | Story 25

January 4, 2024

Imagine the Brooklyn bridge being famous because a rooster was one of the first to cross! When the Brooklyn Bridge was completed after fourteen years of construction, the first to cross was Emily Warren Roebling by carriage. She carried a live rooster as a sign of victory.

So why did Emily Roebling carry a rooster across the Brooklyn Bridge? Emily considered that moment of being the first person to cross the bridge as her ‘Ruby Shoe Moment.’ She laughed as “she looked down at the white rooster in her lap. She was riding across the Brooklyn Bridge – the first person to ever do. The rooster was...

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