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Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge, which was opened to pedestrian traffic on May 27, 1937, and to vehicular traffic the following day. Pictured here is the festive celebration featuring three sawyers who competed to be the first to cut through the final Marin barrier to the Golden Gate Bridge. With the logs sawed through, automobiles rolled onto the bridge.

Chief Engineer Joseph P. Strauss wrote a poem for the occasion, which begins:

At last the mighty task is done; Resplendent in the western sun The Bridge looms mountain high; Its titan piers grip ocean floor, Its great steel arms link shore with shore, Its towers pierce the sky.

Bridging the Golden Gate Strait had been proposed as early as 1872. However, it was not until 1928 that the six-county Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District was formed. Voters within the District approved a $35 million bond issue in 1930, and construction began in November 1932.

The last of the construction bonds was retired in 1971, with $35 million in principal and nearly $39 million in interest being financed entirely from Bridge tolls.

Source: goldengate.org

Photos reprinted with permission, SF History Center, SF Public Library



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Pictured here is the festive celebration featuring three sawyers who competed to be the first to cut through the final Marin barrier to the Golden Gate Bridge. With the logs sawed through, automobiles rolled onto the bridge.

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Bridging the Golden Gate Strait had been proposed as early as 1872.

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