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125 Years and 21 Elephants Later

May 19, 2008 3:55 PM | 1 comment

The upcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. P.T. Barnum won’t be parading his 21 circus elephants across the bridge like he did in 1883, but the celebration still promises to be spectacular. 


It all starts on Thursday evening at Empire-Fulton State Park with a fireworks bash and live performance by the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The fun continues all weekend with films and music, a Brooklyn bicycle tour, and more. For a full rundown of events, head over to


To learn more about P.T. Barnum’s Brooklyn Bridge exploits, kids ages 4 to 8 can check out Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince and Francois Roca. And all ages can check out an historic slideshow on our website, courtesy of the Brooklyn Collection.


Happy Birthday, Brooklyn Bridge!

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5/20/2008 1:22:48 PM #

Nice post. We also have a collection of historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle articles that chronicle the construction and opening of Brooklyn Bridge here: