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John A. Roebling was famed for wire rope suspension bridges, like the Brooklyn Bridge and another well known construction San Francisco Bay Area locals still admire. My mother-in-law was always very proud of her father, Willard G. Marks', work for the John A. Roebling company, which supplied the cable for the Golden Gate Bridge. Each of her children inherited little sample paper weights of cable used for the bridge. Ours is on display on the secretary desk in our living room.
It turns out there was more to the provision of that cable, than simply rolling it up and sending it over. PBS did a special on the Roebling Crew's work for this huge undertaking.
Nice knowing my husband's family has an interest in what it is that keeps our footing sure, when we take a walk across this beauty.
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Spinning the Cables -- The Golden Gate Bridge (Roebling Crew) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/goldengate-spinning/
John A. Robling (Johann August Rõbling) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A._Roebling
The Roebling Museum is in New Jersey http://roeblingmuseum.org/about-us/the-roeblings-sons-co/