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Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco - A Thirty-five Million Dollar Steel Harp
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© Christine Till - CT-Graphics
When the original design of The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, was revealed to the public in December 1922, the press derided Joseph Strauss� symmetrical cantilever-suspension design as 'ugly.' The naysayers - including ferry operators, photographer Ansel Adams, and members of the Sierra Club - who opposed the idea of the Bridge thought a manmade structure would detract from the natural beauty of the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean.
The bridge-opening celebration began on May 27, 1937. The day before vehicle traffic was allowed, 200,000 people crossed the Golden Gate Bridge by foot and roller skate.
In May 1987, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the Golden Gate Bridge was again closed to automobile traffic and allowed only pedestrians to cross the bridge. This celebration attracted 750,000 to 1,000,000 people and the bridge became congested with roughly 300,000 people, causing the center span of the bridge to flatten out under the weight.
"I am the thing that men denied,
The right to be, the urge to live;
And I am that which men defied,
Yet I ask naught for what I give."
~ From The Mighty Task is Done
.. Written upon completion of the building of the Bridge in May 1937
April 27th, 2012
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