Archive for January 5th, 2021

BIRTH OF A BRIDGE BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1933

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On January 5, 1933, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge,
as workers began excavating 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure’s
huge anchorages.

Following the Gold Rush boom that began in 1849, speculators
realized the land north of
San Francisco Bay would increase in
value in direct proportion to its accessibility to the city. Soon, a
plan was hatched to build a bridge that would span the Golden
Gate, a narrow, 400-foot deep strait that serves as the mouth of
the San Francisco Bay, connecting the San Francisco Peninsula
with the southern end of Marin County.

 

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Construction underway on a pylon on the south shore of the Golden
Gate Bridge project.

The Golden Gate Bridge under construction with the Pylon #1 and the North and South Towers rising above Fort Point.

High in the fog, structural steel workers staged the traditional ceremony of raising flags when the structural steel work on the Marin County Towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco was completed.
Members of the Halfway to Hell Club bridge construction crew
became celebrities in the Bay Area.

 

Fact: The US Navy originally planned to paint the
bridge with black and yellow stripes to ensure
visibility for passing ships.

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