John A. Roebling Once Said…

John Augustus Roebling was born Johann August Röbling on June 12, 1806, and died on July 22, 1869. John was a German-born American civil engineer and it was his ingenuity that helped him build wire rope suspension bridges.

The John A. Roebling Bridge which spans Cincinnati, Ohio to Covington, Kentucky over the Ohio River was completed in 1867 and was at the time the world’s longest suspension bridge. It was also the prototype to the second bridge that John designed which is best known as the Brooklyn Bridge that spans Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn, New York over the East River. Unfortunately for John the Brooklyn Bridge would also meet the death of him 24 days after getting injured by a ferry and developing tetanus. After his passing his wife, Emily Warren Roebling, and his son, Washington Roebling stayed and completed the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 and had also become the world’s longest suspension bridge at its time.

Brooklyn Bridge (no I this isn’t one of my photos but it sure is beautiful)

When I first moved to Cincinnati I naively didn’t know that the Roebling Bridge existed but quickly found out the story of John Roebling. Now I’ve lived in two cities New York City and now Cincinnati where there is one familiar and beautiful sight for me.

Was a deep melancholic disillusionment growing out of what John Roebling thought he saw happening to the country since the war. The great dynamic of America, he had always said, was that every man had the opportunity to better himself, to fulfill himself. Now the great dynamic seemed more like common greed. – David McCullough

This is something that I believe that John seen being an immigrant and being that he was a bit of a dreamer which is why he came to the United States so that he would have more opportunities to do something to better himself and he accomplished that and made a name for himself. Every man and woman have an opportunity to better themselves, all we have to do is try and keep trying until we find our fulfillment.

In life, many things don’t go according to plan. If you fall, get back up. If you stumble, regain your balance.

I didn’t find anywhere that it stated that John said the second quote I picked but I found it when looking for his quotes. Things did not go according to plan for John Roebling but the perseverance of himself and his family and their legacy led to two beautiful iconic bridges that are still in use today. So never give up on your dreams, finish what you start and if for whatever reason you cannot hopefully someone will love you enough to complete the task you began.

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