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Here's a brief overview of the history of San Francisco's most famous landmark!

The “Golden Gate” is actually the name of the span between the city of San Francisco and Marin County, where San Francisco Bay opens out to the vast Pacific Ocean. In other words, the Bridge is the way across the Golden Gate!

In the 19th & 20th centuries, ferry boats transported people (and later, their cars) from San Francisco's Hyde Street Pier to Sausalito on the other side. The trip cost $1 per vehicle, and took about 20 minutes.

Some “experts” claimed that a bridge could not be built across the strait, which is over a mile (over 2 kilometres) wide. The fog, the high winds, and the water -- 372 feet deep in the middle -- made construction very hazardous.

A bridge engineer named Joseph Strauss proposed in 1916 that he could build a bridge across the Gate for $17 million, which was about 85% less than others thought it would cost. The U.S. Navy was against it, saying that it would hurt ship traffic. Finally, in 1933 after much debate and conflict, and with a new design from bridge designer Leon Moisseiff, architect Irving Morrow and engineer Charles Alton Ellis began construction of the bridge. It cost over $35 million, although this was still under the final budget total approved by officials. It took over 4 years.

One day in May 1987, for its 50th anniversary, the bridge was closed to car traffic, and an estimated 800 to 900 thousand pedestrians walked across it. At one point, about 300 thousand people stood in the middle of the bridge, which actually caused its center span to flatten out (as it's designed to do). The fear was that although the bridge is believed to still be capable of holding twice as much weight, it was in some small danger of collapse! So in 2012, for the 75th anniversary, no such activity was part of the celebration.

The Golden Gate Bridge Did You Know...?
  • Eleven men were killed by falls during construction.
  • About 1.2 million steel rivets hold the bridge together.

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