San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Men of Vision
Joseph Strauss dreamed of a golden bridge spanning San Francisco Bay.
But people opposed it fearing it would never survive the strong tides, it would lower property values, it would ruin the view. More than 2,000 lawsuits were filed to stop the project.
Strauss persevered and, in 1930, at last won approval for a bond issue. But then the Great Depression settled over America and no one dared buy the first six million dollars in bonds to start construction.
Finally Strauss came to A.P. Giannini, founder of Bank of America. Giannini also had a vision — of serving fully California's growth.
Giannini asked one question: “How long will this bridge last?”
Struass replied, “Forever!” If cared for, it should have “life without end.”
Giannini said, “California needs that bridge! We'll buy the bonds.”
In 1933, the Golden Gate Bridge was begun.
Location. 37° 48.48′ N, 122° 28.653′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Golden Gate Bridge: Vision, Genius and Expert Care (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Point (about 700 feet away); Castillo de San Joaquin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Point National Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defending the Golden Gate (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Point Light (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Defending the Golden Gate (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Era of Earthworks Batteries (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts
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