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The new record-breaking suspension bridge across the Ohio between Cincinnati and Covington officially opens.

The Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge, circa 1968

Engineer John A. Roebling's brand new suspension bridge, then the longest in the world, was opened officially to the public on this day.  Spanning the Ohio River and linking Covington, Kentucky with Cincinnati, Ohio, the structure had been begun in September 1856 and when complete measured 2,252 feet in overall length, with the section suspended between the towers 1,057 feet long, and rising more than a hundred feet above the river's low water mark.  The structure, well maintained and restored, remains today an important area transportation route.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

Daniel J. Kenny, Illustrated Cincinnati: A Pictorial Hand-book of the Queen City... (Cincinnati, OH: George E. Stevens & Co., 1875), 121.