You won’t find a photograph of the Cincinnati skyline without the iconic John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. The bridge that connects Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky officially opened on January 1, 1867. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world (1,057 feet). When the bridge opened, horse and buggy were charged 15 cents to cross, three horse and carriage were charged a quarter, and pedestrians had a toll of a whopping, one penny. For those of you not familiar with the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge may recognize the resemblance with New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge. This is due to the fact that John A. Roebling designed the bridges in Cincinnati and New York City. Roebling’s Cincinnati bridge was considered a prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge which was constructed 16 years later.
For all you movie buffs, Cincinnati’s Roebling Suspension Bridge was also portrayed in the Academy Award winning film, Rainman.