Monumental Mysteries: Brooklyn Bridge Pictures

Don Wildman reveals the deadly sickness that plagued the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, investigates a mysterious staircase and ponders the origins of a monument dedicated to a pest.

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Today, tourists and locals alike are inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge, a beautiful example of human ingenuity. But at the time of its construction, as sudden deaths started to mount, the bridge was the site of a confounding mystery that baffled doctors. What was this deadly “caisson disease”?

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