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Celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge – 75 Years

Everyone knows and recognizes the Golden Gate Bridge.  It is as famous as the Statue of Liberty.  There is only one problem with its location.  You can’t always see it.  The fog creeps in daily and San Francisco is known for its fog.  Tourists freeze in the summer because they didn’t know that the weather is absolutely fabulous in September and October.

The bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County.  Before 1937, the only way to cross the bay was by boat.  I never knew this before finding it on the internet, but ferry service began as early as 1820 and it wasn’t until the 1840’s that there was any regular ferry service.

The GG Bridge is 1.7 miles long from end to end and on a sunny day it is a nice place for a walk and to enjoy the views. The towers rises 746 feet above the water while the deck is approximately 245 feet above the water and 4 seconds if you decide to jump.

During construction, the workers were required to wear hard hats and a net was placed under the bridge in case anyone fell from their perch.  In the 4 years only 11 men died thanks to the safety features. 

The opening celebration took place on May 27th, 1937 and lasted a week.  In May 1987 the city celebrated the 50th anniversary of the bridge.  This time the bridge was closed to traffic and opened to pedestrians.  750,000 – 1,000,000 people crossed the bridge on foot and caused the center span to flatten out. That caused a bit of concern.

This coming Sunday, May 27th, from 11 Am to 11 PM the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge will take place.  This time there will be no pedestrian “Bridge Walk” but it will be closed between 8:30-10:00 PM during the fireworks display.

Crissy Field will be a perfect place to watch all the festivities.  The worker bees are currently setting up stages for local and not so local bands.  The fireworks should be spectacular if the fog stays away. (9:30-9:50 PM)If you want all the information, check out this website – http://goldengatebridge75.org/celebrate/golden-gate-festival.html

I took these photos on Monday during my walk with my college friend, Alice. But these last 2 pictures were taken a while back on a sunnier day.