Technology Wonder of the Modern World - Golden Gate Bridge

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    A technical and artistic landmark opened on May 27th, 1937 after nearly five years of hard work: Golden Gate Bridge. Some think it's one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

    Almost 20,000 people walked the 4,200 foot long suspension bridge on opening day, so called Pedestrian Day, and it opened to traffic the next day. The bridge connects the city of San Francisco to its neighbors on the other side of the Golden Gate Strait, which links San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. Before the bridge was built the only way to cross the Golden Gate Strait was by ferry. The trip took about half an hour and many wanted a faster way to get to and from San Francisco.

    The ambitious bridge engineer Joseph Strauss was asked to make a design for what was to become the largest suspension bridge at that time. Many thought it was impossible to make that technical possible but Strauss managed to find sufficient support for his design after a decade of re-altering his plans and finding financial backing.

    Construction began in 1933 and was finished in April, 1937. It took about 35 million dollars to complete it, what nowadays would be around 1,2 billion dollars!
    Thousands of people worked on the bridge, what was considered a hazardous job. A net placed under the bridge saved 19 workers lives, but not every one was that fortunate. 11 men died during the period the bridge was built. At the completion of the bridge Strauss displayed his poetic skills by reciting this poem:

    At last the mighty task is done;
    Resplendent in the western sun;
    The Bridge looms mountain high
    On its broad decks in rightful pride,
    The world in swift parade shall ride
    Throughout all time to be.

    Launched midst a thousand hopes and fears,
    Damned by a thousand hostile sneers.
    Yet ne’er its course was stayed.
    But ask of those who met the foe,
    Who stood alone when faith was low,
    Ask them the price they paid.
    High overhead its lights shall gleam,
    Far, far below life’s restless stream,
    Unceasingly shall flow....

    The Golden Gate Bridge soon became very popular. Not only by its record breaking structure but also thanks to the ArtDeco design and the orange-red color. Still today it is one of the most photographed structures in the world.

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    Have you ever been there?

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    Luckily I have back in 2008, albeit under sub-optimal conditions as that day the GG bridge was almost fully covered in a thick layer of fog.
     
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    I've never been but i'd like to one day.

    Not as nice as Golden Gate but this is Lions Gate Bridge at Vancouver B.C

    Back in the 30's


    Today


    I go across this bridge 2/3 times a week
     
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