It’ s hard to believe the the construction of the new span of the Bay Bridge is already done. Considering the advances in technology in the past 80 years, it is interesting to take a look back to the construction on the other side of the Bay. The Golden Gate Bridge was built from 1933 to 1937. Check out these iconic pics of the bridge…
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, 3-mile-long channel between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bridge links the city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County. It is considered one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and even the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The Frommers travel guide, one of the most recognized travel guides in the world, considers the Golden Gate Bridge “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world”. It opened in 1937 and until 1964 it was the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet.
Interesting Facts About The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge weighs 7,500 tons less since it opened in 1937. This has been attributed to a strict vegan diet and the Insanity Workout DVD the bridge received for Christmas a few years ago. (j/k)
Three babies have been born on the Golden Gate Bridge and of them have been boys.
It is estimated that 5,000 – 10,000 gallons of paint are used to repaint the Golden Gate Bridge each year.The bridge is painted continuously all year long since the high salt content in the air can cause corrosion.
The bridge has also been closed on several occasions. These include visits from dignitaries President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Charles de Gaulle of France as well as the 50th and 75th Anniversaries.
The name of the bridge came from the fact that the Golden Gate Strait (named by John Fremont) is the entrance into San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean.
International Orange was selected as the color of the bridge because it provided visibility in the fog for passing ships. Also because it was a color that fit in naturally to the bridge’s setting as well as surrounding land area.
The bridge has only been closed 3 times due to weather since it was built; always due to high winds gusting close to over 70 miles per hour.
There were many movie that included the Golden Gate Bridge. Here are a few to note:
-Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009)
-X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
-The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
-The Core (2003)
-The Rock (1996)
-Interview with a Vampire (1994)
-Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
-The Abyss (1989) -Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
-Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
-Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
-A View to a Kill (1985)
-Basic Instinct (1982)
-Dirty Harry (1971)
-The Birds (1963)
-The Maltese Falcon (1941)