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The Golden Gate Bridge

Updated on August 8, 2013

Celebrate 75 Years of Gold - The 75th Year Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge 1937-2012

Most people that live in the United States have heard of and seen, at least in photos, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. It stands as a landmark in the west. The Golden Gate Bridge marks the entrance to the Pacific Ocean from the San Francisco Harbor and spans over what is called The Golden Straight.

The Golden Gate Bridge has been declared by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the "modern Wonders of the World" -- it is an engineering marvel. The Golden Gate Bridge is recognized the world over as being one of the symbols of the City of San Francisco and California and people travel from all over to see the bridge in person.

Photo taken by Erin May 2012

A Monument Of The West

Most people have seen or at least heard about the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Not only is it a California landmark, but it is a symbol which is recognized around the world. The Golden Gate Bridge spans around 6,700 feet across the Golden Straight, which is the entrance to the Pacific Ocean from the San Francisco Bay. The Golden Gate Bridges is also an entrance to the Golden West and it stands as a reminder of the hard work and dedication of all who were involved in its construction.

Prior to the building of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the only choices people had were to take the ferry across the bay or drive all the way around the San Francisco Peninsula. Both of these routes took a lot longer than being able to cross by bridge and people were pretty happy when the Golden Gate Bridge was opened, 75 years ago in May 2012.

Original Plans For The Bridge - Image Courtesy www.goldengate.org

Golden Gate Bridge Factoid:

Temperature affects the height of the Golden Gate Bridge! Temperature changes can cause the Golden Gate Bridge to raise or lower around 16 feet.

History of the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge and was completed in May of 1937 after four long years and around 35 million dollars, which was under budget Hundreds of people gathered for a week-long party celebrating the opening of an all new route. Many people said that a bridge of that length would be impossible to build with the harsh winds, strong current and tides of the nearly 400 foot deep strait. But, it was possible and was done so by a man named Joseph Strauss and many others.

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San Francisco Bay - taken by Me May 2012

San Francisco Bay - taken by Me May 2012
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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I would like to see the bridge, but don't think I want to drive on it. Hope you're enjoying the summer with the family.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Hi Kim, Thanks for visiting my lens. How cool to walk and bike over the Golden Gate Bridge. I've never been able to do that, only drive over it. That would be pretty amazing.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I've walked and biked over the Golden Gate bridge many times. It's pretty amazing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My Uncle would swim under the bridge, not an easy trip from one side to the other.

      cool lens.