The Golden Gate Bridge at 79

The Golden Gate Bridge at 79

On this day in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened spanning the three-mile channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean and connecting Marin County to San Francisco.

The Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District was created to design, construct, and finance the bridge, but it was unable to raise funds because of the Wall Street crash.  In 1930, bonds were approved but the District was unable to sell them until Amadeo Giannini, the founder of San Francisco–based Bank of America, agreed on behalf of his bank to buy the entire issue in order to help the local economy.  Construction began in January 1933 and finished ahead of schedule and under budget.

[Photo by different2uneFlickr: IMGP3583-2, CC BY 2.0,\

The color of the bridge is officially an orange vermilion called international orange. The color was selected by consulting architect Irving Morrow because it complements the natural surroundings and enhances the bridge’s visibility in fog.

The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Until 1964, it was the longest suspension bridge main span in the world.  Sadly it is the second-most used suicide site/suicide bridge in the world, after the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge. 


While the bridge has been built to withstand mother nature, it has not been built to withstand Hollywood as the bridge is frequently under attack on the big screen.

Featured Image taken by Daniel SchwenOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


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