Built in 1856, the structure served as a prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, which was erected in 1883. The Roebling Bridge, named after creator John A. Roebling, served as a pedestrian and streetcar bridge from Covington to Cincinnati and was remodeled without rails in the mid-20th century. Due to a delay in construction from the Civil War, the Roebling Bridge officially opened as a toll route in 1867. Horse and buggy were charged 15 cents and pedestrians were charged a penny. Today of course, the bridge can be used free-of-charge as visitors take in the scenic riverfronts of Smale Park in Cincinnati or the Licking River Historic District in Covington.