TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What Was the Brooklyn Bridge Originally Called?

May 24, 2011 ( - The Brooklyn Bridge wasn’t officially named that until 1915. 

What was it called when it opened?


Originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and as the East River Bridge, it was dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge in a January 25, 1867 letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle,and formally so named by the city government in 1915.

As a weird piece of trivia, one week after the opening of the not-yet-called Brooklyn Bridge (May 30, 1883), a rumor that it was going to collapse caused a stampede, which crushed and killed at least twelve people.