THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE|CHRYSOPYALE

The Golden Gate Bridge or the Chrysopylae is one of the most architecturally accurate and awe-inspiring bridges built in the twentieth century. This famous bridge connects the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean and stands as one of the greatest man made marvels. It is 2.7 km in length, reaches a staggering height of 746 feet and is about 90 feet wide making it one of the largest in the world.


CREATION OF THE GOLDEN BRIDGE

It all started with an ingenious idea from James Wilkin, an engineering student who proposed that a bridge could be built in the area to make the route more accessible. Joseph Strauss, a smart engineer, later on came up with a plan to build the bridge for $17 million.



 He later went on to become the chief engineer of the project. This highly ambitious project kick started in the year 1923 after facing quite a few hurdles. After issuing petitions and completing various formalities, the official construction work began on January 5, 1933 from the Santa Rosa Chamber, California.



SHAPE OF GOLDEN GATE

The bridge was given a solid shape, design and structure by Irving Morrow. He was also responsible for placement of lightings, walkways, railing and streetlights on the bridge. The steel used for construction was designed and manufactured in New Jersey. The Marin Pier was constructed in 1933, while the anchorage was completed in 1936. The San Francisco Pier was constructed in 1934. Suspension cables were laid from 1935 to 1936. The deck was completed in 1937. The bridge was inaugurated on May 27, 1937 to the public.



Today, more than 100,000 vehicles go past the Golden Bridge on a daily basis making it one of the busiest in the world.




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