15 Golden Gate Bridge amazing facts

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The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is an iconic symbol of engineering excellence and a breathtaking landmark. Discover fascinating facts about this renowned suspension bridge:

  1. The Golden Gate Bridge was opened to the public on May 27, 1937, and spans the Golden Gate Strait, the entrance to San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean.

  2. It was designed by engineer Joseph Strauss, architect Irving Morrow, and consulting engineer Charles Alton Ellis.

  3. The total length of the Golden Gate Bridge is approximately 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles), with a main span of 1,280 meters (4,200 feet).

  4. At the time of its completion, the Golden Gate Bridge's main span was the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world.

  5. The bridge is painted in an international orange color, chosen for its visibility in San Francisco's frequent fog and its ability to complement the natural surroundings.

  6. During the construction of the bridge, a safety net was installed beneath the workers, saving the lives of 19 men who became known as the "Halfway to Hell Club."

  7. The Golden Gate Bridge's towers stand 227 meters (746 feet) above the water, making them taller than the Washington Monument.

  8. Its distinctive Art Deco design and vivid color have made the Golden Gate Bridge a globally recognized symbol of San Francisco.

  9. Despite its iconic status today, the idea of building a bridge across the Golden Gate Strait faced considerable skepticism and opposition during the early planning stages.

  10. The bridge's construction took just over four years, and it was completed ahead of schedule and under budget during the Great Depression.

  11. Approximately 10,000 workers contributed to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, and it was completed with an excellent safety record for its time.

  12. The bridge's Art Deco elements, including its sleek towers and elegant lighting, contribute to its timeless aesthetic appeal.

  13. The Golden Gate Bridge has been featured in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials, becoming an enduring symbol of the city of San Francisco.

  14. It is a vital transportation link, connecting the city of San Francisco with Marin County and serving as a key route for commuters and tourists.

  15. The Golden Gate Bridge has a main cable that is 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) long and contains approximately 80,000 miles of wire.

  16. It has been ranked as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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