Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Visiting the world famous Golden Gate Bridge is a unique experience for everyone. Whether you drive, walk, bike, or just want to take a look…you can’t come to San Francisco without visiting this internationally recognized symbol.

The term ‘golden gate’ in the famous Golden Gate Bridge refers to the golden gate strait, the entrance to San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean, and that is the reason the bridge is called the Golden Gate Bridge.  The bridge was not named for it’s color and has always been painted orange vermilion, or “international orange”.  The bridge was built to connect  the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County.

The Golden Gate Bridge construction started on January 5, 1933 and the bridge was open to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in the White House to announce the event to the world.  The project cost over $26 million, however the Bridge opened ahead of schedule and $1.3 million under budget.

The Mighty Task is Done!

By Joseph P. Strauss, Chief Engineer
Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District. Written upon completion of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge in May 1937

At last the mighty task is done;
Resplendent in the western sun
The Bridge looms mountain high;
Its titan piers grip ocean floor,
Its great steel arms link shore with shore,
Its towers pierce the sky.

On its broad decks in rightful pride,
The world in swift parade shall ride,
Throughout all time to be;
Beneath, fleet ships from every port,
Vast landlocked bay, historic fort,
And dwarfing all the sea.

To north, the Redwood Empires gates;
To south, a happy playground waits,
In Rapturous appeal;
Here nature, free since time began,
Yields to the restless moods of man,
Accepts his bonds of steel.

Launched midst a thousand hopes and fears,
Damned by a thousand hostile sneers,
Yet Neer its course was stayed,
But ask of those who met the foe
Who stood alone when faith was low,
Ask them the price they paid.

Ask of the steel, each strut and wire,
Ask of the searching, purging fire,
That marked their natal hour;
Ask of the mind, the hand, the heart,
Ask of each single, stalwart part,
What gave it force and power.

An Honored cause and nobly fought
And that which they so bravely wrought,
Now glorifies their deed,
No selfish urge shall stain its life,
Nor envy, greed, intrigue, nor strife,
Nor false, ignoble creed.

High overhead its lights shall gleam,
Far, far below lifes restless stream,
Unceasingly shall flow;
For this was spun its lithe fine form,
To fear not war, nor time, nor storm,
For Fate had meant it so.