A true iconic architectural marvel of American history is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. On May 27th, this modern wonder of the world celebrated its 75th anniversary. In 1937, when the bridge was first opened to the public it was then the world’s longest suspension bridge.
Here are a few facts about the Bridge:
* Golden Gate refers to Golden Gate Strait—a name that originated around 1846.
* On May 28th, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the opening of the bridge by pressing a telegraph key at the White House
* The bridge cost $35 million to build and came in under budget and ahead of schedule.
* The Golden Gate Bridge’s 4,200 foot long main suspension span was a world record that stood for 27 years. It is still the second longest in the United States after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge which links Staten Island to Brooklyn in New York.
* The bridge’s two towers rise 746 feet making them 191 feet taller than the Washington Monument.
*The five lane bridge crosses Golden Gate Strait which is about 400 feet, or 130 meters, deep. Simple yellow markers are used to switch the center lane so that there are three lanes into San Francisco for the morning commute and three leaving The City in the afternoon and evening.
Golden Gate Bridge Tolls are only collected on the way in (going south). The toll on the Golden Gate Bridge increased to $5.00/4.00 FasTrak on September 1, 2002, later raised to $6.00/$5.00. Multi-axle vehicle rates (3 or more axels) will rise on July 1, 2012. There are no carpool lanes on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Here is a great video on the history of the GGB:
Have you rode a bike, walked or drove across the Golden Gate Bridge? Visit www.goldengatebridge75.org for more information on the bridge and a special app that you can download. What other man-made architecture do you think is a must see?