The Golden Gate Bridge is 1-mile wide bridge with 3-mile long a suspension bridge. It connects San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. It is a structure that links American city of San Francisco, California to Marin County. At Present the Golden Gate Bridge is recognised as a symbol of San Francisco of United States. The Bridge is also declared as one of the Wonders of Modern World by American Society. It is most beautiful and certainly most photographed bridge around the world. The structure was opened in 1937, till 1964 it was also titled the longest suspension bridge in the world at 4,200 feet.
Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco Bridge)
- It was proposed in the year 1872. The project was not considered serious until 1919, when cities engineer Michael O’ Shaughnessy, determine feasibility of the bridge.
- Initially, the first design was much different. After development, the bridge was patented.
- Since the land on both sides was owned by the War Department, it had to be authorised before constructing the bridge. Temporary construction was granted from 24th December 1924, and a permit was issued on August 11th
- Several people were against for construction of the bridge to connect to lands.
- Construction of the bridge was finally started in the year 1933.
- The cables used in the construction of Golden Gate – San Francisco Bridge were made by the same company who built Brooklyn Bridge.
- There were 600,000 rivets in each 746 foot-tall tower.
- The opening of the bridge was celebrated for a week.
- 1-Billionth driver crossed the Bridge on 22nd February 1985.
The San Francisco Bridge is also popularly known as Golden Gate Bridge which was the longest suspension bridge, until 1964. It was surpassed by ten bridges; it then became second largest in the United States after Verranzano- Narrow Bridge in New York City. The whole weight of roadway is hanged on two cables fixed at each end on concrete. Each of those wires is made with 27,572 strands of wire.
The bridge was then signage mark as part of concurrency between U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1.