The Golden Gate Bridge
【Summary】If you’re thinking of traveling to Silicon Valley on business, seeing the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the very best experiences you’re likely to have. Don’t miss the chance to see this iconic structure!
By Anthony C. LoBaido
It has been called the most beautiful and most often photographed bridge on Earth. That may well be the case. The Golden Gate Bridge links San Francisco with Marin County to the north of the city. Traveling into San Francisco means meeting people from all over the world, touring the de Young Museum, and sampling all kinds of delicious foods. Heading north, perhaps you'll bump into actress Robin Wright, who lives in Marin County.
The bridge opened in 1937, during the height of the Great Depression. California did better than other states during that hard era. California banks were not terribly caught up in Wall Street speculation. There was gold and silver in the state. The weather was excellent. There were fruits and vegetables. Even then, the "Okies" fleeing the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma headed west to California in search of a better life. Bank of America purchased almost US$ 30 million in bonds in order to stimulate the local economy, and without this massive investment, the Golden Gate Bridge would not have been built.
The bridge was also once the longest suspension bridge in the world. It stands out as a lovely sight in this beautiful part of the United States. Since 1820, not long after Lewis and Clark went on their Voyage of Discovery to map the Louisiana Purchase, a ferry had been in service to take people between San Francisco and Marin County.
San Francisco was the last city in America to be serviced basically by ferry. There was a real need for a bridge, but how to build it? Fog and cold and wind and strong currents were a problem. Sharks were known to swim in the bay. Could such a bridge ever become a successful project?
The Golden Gate Bridge became a reality through a confluence of factors. Mainly, a man named Joseph Strauss -- who had designed a 55 mile long bridge to cross the Bering Strait from Alaska to Siberia for his master's degree thesis -- was its primary promoter. Yes, Strauss had lots of help, and that's a story for another time.
The bridge can boast of 80,000 miles of wire in the main cables supporting the structure -- that in and of itself is mind boggling.
If you're thinking of traveling to Silicon Valley on business, seeing the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the very best experiences you're likely to have. Don't miss the chance to see this iconic structure!
The Golden Gate Bridge beckons interlopers in the San Francisco Bay Area
(Photograph by Anthony C. LoBaido)