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Exploring the History of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco CA

On January 5, 1933, construction on the 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure’s huge anchorages began. 

 

The job went to a Chicago-based engineer named Joseph Strauss, a drawbridge builder who believed he could complete the grand-scale project between $25 to $30 million. Mr. Stauss's team consisted of Leon S. Moisseiff, who submitted a plan that scrapped the original hybrid design in favor of a suspension span capable of moving more than two feet laterally to withstand strong winds. Irving F. Morrow was responsible for the art deco towers, and later decided on a paint color he dubbed “international orange.” Charles Ellis worked out the complex engineering equations as the primary structural designer. He was fired before construction began and didn’t receive proper credit until many years later.

 

When the towers were completed in June 1935, the New Jersey-based John A. Roebling’s Sons Company handled the on-site construction of the suspension cables. This was a huge job! The Roebling engineers had mastered a technique in which individual steel wires were banded together in spools and carried across the length of the bridge on spinning wheels. Given a year to complete the task, they instead finished in just over six months, having spun more than 25,000 individual wires into each 7,650-foot cable. Wow!!

 

The Golden Gate Bridge officially opened on May 27, 1937, the longest bridge span in the world at the time. The first public crossing had taken place the day before, when 200,000 people walked, ran and even roller skated over the new bridge.

 

Hidden History of the Golden Gate Bridge

 

 

 

Information courtesy of: http://www.history.com/topics/golden-gate-bridge

 

Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 

 

Comment balloon 1 commentLaura Cerrano • January 01 2018 06:23PM

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As many times as I have driven over the Golden Gate bridge, it never gets old to me.  My daughter has walked it a couple times, and says the experience is awe inspiring.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 10 months ago

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