Modern Times Wonders GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges in the world and hangs majestically like a giant gateway over San Francisco Bay. In the sunlight, the bridge really does look golden and when a sudden fog descends, the tips of her pillars rise supremely above the waterscape below. A hundred thousand tons of steel and almost 300,000 cubic meters of cement form the foundations which have protected the bridge from storm force winds of up to 100 miles an hour. It was originally designed to take 3 million cars a year but in fact it is used by more than 45 million, and the numbers are increasing. To date, a billion vehicles have used this masterpiece of human invention. On 28th May 1937, the San Francisco Chronicle reported: "We got it wrong. The bridge which no-one was supposed to be able to build, no one approved and no one would use, now stands before you in all its glory." Amazing how the newspapers, even in those days, sometimes got it wrong!

1969 | 11 min
Modern Times Wonders GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
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