Opening of the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge, an iconic landmark and engineering marvel, connects San Francisco and Marin County in California. Its opening in 1937 marked a significant moment in American history and infrastructure.

  • Designed by engineer Joseph Strauss, architect Irving Morrow, and engineer Charles Ellis
  • Spanning 1.7 miles (8,981 feet) and standing 746 feet tall, it was the world’s longest and tallest suspension bridge at the time of completion
  • The bridge’s construction began on January 5, 1933, and took a little over four years to complete
  • Costing around $35 million (equivalent to about $530 million today), the project was financed through bonds during the Great Depression
  • 11 workers lost their lives during the construction process, while 19 others were saved by a safety net installed beneath the bridge
  • On May 27, 1937, the bridge was opened to pedestrians, and about 200,000 people crossed the bridge on foot and roller skates
  • The following day, May 28, the bridge officially opened to vehicular traffic with a ceremony led by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who pressed a telegraph key in the White House to signal the start of the event
  • The Golden Gate Bridge has become a symbol of American progress and a popular tourist attraction, as well as the subject of numerous films, television shows, and photographs
  • The bridge’s distinctive “International Orange” color was chosen for both visibility and aesthetic purposes; it contrasts with the surrounding landscape and makes the bridge more visible in foggy conditions

The opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937 was a significant event in American history, marking a major achievement in engineering and creating an iconic landmark. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County and became a symbol of progress and a popular subject in pop culture.