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Near Sausalito in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Golden Gate Bridge

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
1. The Golden Gate Bridge Marker
Inscription. The Golden Gate Bridge is a structure of striking form and elegance. Built in 1937, it remains an indispensable link in the Bay Area's transportation network and a historical monument of civil engineering and construction. The bridge was named for the Golden Gate Strait, where the mouth of the San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. References to the area as the Golden Gate exits before gold rush began and before the idea of a bridge was conceived. The Bay's poppy and bunch-grass covered hills and dramatic golden light are an enduring source of inspiration.
The dream of spanning the Golden Gate was expressed as early as the 1850's. Michael O'Shaughessy, City Engineer of San Francisco and engineer for San Francisco's Hetch Hetchy water system, was the first to seriously consider and champion construction of the bridge. He proposed the idea to Joseph B. Strauss in 1915, who was to become the Chief Engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge, and the bridge's foremost proponent. The design of the bridge was realized through the expertise of the engineers, Charles Ellis, Charles Derleth, Leon Moisseiff, and O.H. Amman, and the architect, Irving F. Morrow.
Morrow is responsible for the aesthetic details of the bridge, including its International Orange color. He felt this contrasting color would complement the bay's cool gray
The Golden Gate Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
2. The Golden Gate Bridge Marker
and blue skies, enhancing the dramatic scale and setting of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Over four years, countless laborers worked to transform drawings into structure. The bridgemen, as they were known, stoically managed extreme heights and massive materials to complete one of the world's most beloved suspension bridges.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 37° 49.935′ N, 122° 28.795′ W. Marker is near Sausalito, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 101, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sausalito CA 94965, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Bay Transformed (a few steps from this marker); The Lone Sailor (within shouting distance of this marker); Strengthening an Icon (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Construction 129 (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Golden Gate (approx. 1.1 miles away); Battery Construction No. 129 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Defending the Golden Gate (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named Defending the Golden Gate (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sausalito.
 
More about this marker.
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 31, 2017
3. The Golden Gate Bridge
This marker is located at the Vista Point an the north-end of the Golden Gate Bridge.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry. “Many wanted to build a bridge to connect San Francisco to Marin County. San Francisco was the largest American city still served primarily by ferry boats. Because it did not have a permanent link with communities around the bay, the city’s growth rate was below the national average. Many experts said that a bridge could not be built across the 6,700 ft strait, which had strong, swirling tides and currents, with water 372 ft deep at the center of the channel, and frequent strong winds. Experts said that ferocious winds and blinding fogs would prevent construction and operation.” (Submitted on May 21, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
4. "The Glorious Golden Gate"
Born and raised in San Francisco,
The pride of the "Bear Flag State,"
My heart knows it's coming home,
When I cross the Golden Gate.

Greeting Marine County,
She spans the ocean's roar;
Connecting to the headlands,
Rolling hills and rocky shore.

Born of a dream;
"It can't be done!" they cried,
But gallantly she stands,
A monument to man,
His aspirations and his pride.

Lofty spires reaching for the sky,
Royal arches beckon you:
She's the nugget of the West Coast,
Queen of the Pacific blue.

Circling her towers
Are crowns of silver mist;
Peeking through the fog banks,
Mister Sun blows her a kiss.

Smiling a sunny welcome
To strangers out at sea;
Feeling her outstretched arms
Is coming home to me!

We love you Marin County,
Our emerald by the bay;
And to the glorious Golden Gate,
Happy 50th Birthday!

Written by Judy Borello
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 144 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 1, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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