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Fascinating Facts about the Golden Gate Bridge

September 3, 2018

The Golden Gate Bridge is a famous San Francisco icon (and a very well used bridge: more than 40 million vehicles cross this bridge each year)! It has been in movies, is on countless postcards of SF, and is also in many TV shows. How much do you know about the world’s (arguably) most famous bridge? Here are some fascinating facts.

Fascinating Facts about the Golden Gate Bridge

  1. It was first proposed in 1872, but construction did not begin until 1933. That means there were many years of planning and preparations before it construction began!
  2. Its original plans were very different . . . and the public didn’t like them. As a result, the designers had to draw new plans.
  3. Many groups (including the Navy) wanted the bridge to be striped yellow and black, all black, or aluminum.
  4. More than 100,000 people attended the ceremony to begin work on the bridge.
  5. It opened to the public in 1937 (on April 14).
  6. The Bridge crosses the “Golden Gate Strait.” The official name for the Golden Gate Strait was Chrysopylae, which means “golden gate” in Greek.
  7. Its official color is “International Orange.”
  8. It cost $35 million to complete.
  9. When it opened, San Francisco had a week-long celebration called the “Golden Gate Bridge Fiesta.”
  10. Its one billionth driver crossed the bridge in 1985.
  11. It has 6 lanes.
  12. Roughly 112,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

Would you like to learn more about the Golden Gate Bridge? Check out this article, Golden Gate Bridge Facts.

Visit the Golden Gate Bridge website for old photos and more information about this famous landmark.

Photos from Pixabay. 

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