San Francisco

City in California

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The Golden Gate Bridge

On June 30, 2014 the funding for the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier was approved. This bridge that is known for its beauitful color and unique structure, happens to be the top suicide location in the United States. The Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors apporved to help fund a 20 foot wide steel net, to deter suicidal jumpers. In fact, the barrier has proven to be 100% efficient so far at these locations. The bridge has many interesting facts about the construction, the opening, and the impact its made on our country.

The purpose of building this bridge was to connect San Francisco and Marin county, before people had to travel across by ferry. Not only was it meant to connect them, but also to increase the population and create jobs during the Great Depression. Joseph Strauss designed the bridge and the construction started in 1933.

It took about four years to build and 35 million dollars. 5,000 people

worked on the construction of the bridge. Although, 11 died while working from falls.It took around 10,000 tons of paint, the unique orange/red color was chosen to match the hills of Marin county instead of using the regular gray color, which is one of the reasons the bridge is so famous.

When construction ended in 1937, it weighed over 887,00 tons. Today, its heigth is 746 feet and its span is 4,200 feet. It has a total of 128 roadway lights. The bridge opened on May 27th, 1937. On opening day 200,000 people walked across to celebrate. It was nominated the longest suspension bridge from 1937 to 1964. The toll is now $6.00 to cross. This majestic bridge can stand 8 point earthquakes and 90 mph gusty winds. More than 120,000 people cross the bridge everyday.

It was nominated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 1994. Today, the Golden Gate Bridge is the most photographed bridge in the world. Without this bridge people would still be crossing over by ferry. It improved the economy and increased the population of San Francisco and Marin county. It is very significant to the United States.

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Works Cited

"Golden Gate Bridge." N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

Klein, Christopher. "Interesting Facts about Golden Gate Bridge." N.p., 5 May 2012. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

"Golden Gate Bridge." N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

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