Safecrackers to Open Mildly Mysterious 150-Year-Old Roebling Bridge Safe Today

What's hidden inside??

click to enlarge An image of the historic safe - Photo: YouTube
Photo: YouTube
An image of the historic safe

A mysterious safe filled with unknown contents, pulled from long-term storage at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, will be opened live at 10 a.m. today (May 16) at the Covington branch of the Kenton County Public Library. 

The Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Co.'s Hall's Safe aka the Roebling Bridge Historic Safe, which historians believe to be from the 1860s-70s, hasn't been opened in 65 years. This morning, professional safecrackers from ACME Lock Company will be attempting to open the 150-year-old antique inside the library.

click to enlarge An ad for Hall's Safe and Lock Co. - Photo: Provided
Photo: Provided
An ad for Hall's Safe and Lock Co.

According to a release, the transportation cabinet inherited the item after purchasing the bridge from the Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Co. in 1953. The safe is believed to possibly contain toll money. Because trust in banks was limited in the 1800s, money was kept onsite in a vault and safe — this one made locally by the Hall Safe and Lock Company, one of the largest safe manufacturing companies in the world at one time.

"According to an article dated 1876, receipts of tolls for that year totaled $153,000 and expenses for the company was $62,000," says the Kenton County Public Library.

Spectators can watch the safecracking inside the building or on TBNK Spectrum channel 200 or Cincinnati Bell Fiber channel 819. A short historic film will play before the event.

Any contents discovered in the safe will be examined by the library's local history staff and then put on display for viewing.

10-11 a.m. Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington. More info here

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