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Today, some call it the most spectacular bridge in the world. But a century ago, building the Golden Gate Bridge seemed like an impossible task. Any bridge in this location would have to withstand brutal winds, tide, and fog. It would also sit less than eight miles from the epicenter of the most catastrophic earthquake in history. Only one engineer was willing to gamble that his bridge could withstand such destructive power. His name was Joseph Strauss.

Strauss used more than one million tons of concrete to build the anchorages -- the massive blocks that grip the bridge's supporting cables. The...

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Print of the Golden, Gate, Bridge, by, Joseph, Strauss, -, San, Francisco,, CA ... Historic Artwork.


Today, some call it the most spectacular bridge in the world. But a century ago, building the Golden Gate Bridge seemed like an impossible task. Any bridge in this location would have to withstand brutal winds, tide, and fog. It would also sit less than eight miles from the epicenter of the most catastrophic earthquake in history. Only one engineer was willing to gamble that his bridge could withstand such destructive power. His name was Joseph Strauss.

Strauss used more than one million tons of concrete to build the anchorages -- the massive blocks that grip the bridge's supporting cables. The...

Continued from above... supporting cables. The north pier, which supports the tower, was built easily on a bedrock ledge 20 feet below the water. But on the southern San Francisco side, Strauss had to build his pier in the open ocean, 100 feet below the surface. He built a huge water-tight cofferdam -- big enough to enclose a football field -- and pumped in hundreds of tons of concrete. By 1935, the towers were complete, and cable-spinning began. Two years later, the bridge was finished. Strauss completed the $27 million bridge only five months after the promised date and $1.3 million under budget. For his efforts, Strauss received $1 million and a lifetime bridge pass.

This famous bridge isn’t named for its color, but for the entrance to San Francisco Bay, which was dubbed the "Golden Gate" some 150 years ago by prospectors who passed through it on their way to California’s gold fields. The color, called “international orange”, was chosen by consulting architect Irving Morrow, who rejected the traditional gray or black in favor of the color he thought best complemented the bridge’s natural setting.

When completed in 1937, the Golden Gate was the world’s longest suspension bridge at 1.7 miles long and the highest structure west of New York (745 feet). This is an absolutely gorgeous print, clearer than any blueprint or drawing of the Golden Gate you will find anywhere else.


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