The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the Wonders of the Modern World which is internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. The Construction was carried out by the McClintic-Marshall Construction Co., a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel Corporation founded by Howard H. McClintic and Charles D. Marshall. The bridge was designed by engineer Joseph Strauss.
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10 Interesting Facts of the Golden Gate Bridge
1. The main political reasons for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge were to increase the population of San Francisco and create jobs during the Great Depression.
2. The bridge came in second place in the list of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th century.
3. It was the first bridge that builds on the rotating drum mixer concrete trucks and is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.
4. On May 27, 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge was inaugurated by 18.000 people who walked across the bridge. Today more than 120,000 cars cross the bridge each day.
5. It stretches 4,200 feet to connect Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay.
6. The construction designed of the Golden Bridge to withstand 8 point earthquakes and up to 90 mph gusty winds.
7. The bridge was painted international orange because the colour compliments the bridge’s natural surroundings for the visibility in fog.
8. The Golden Gate uses the largest bridge cables ever made, long enough to encircle the world more than 3 times at the equator.
9. Kevin Briggs is a San Francisco Highway Patrol Officer and has talked approximately 200 people out of suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge since 1994.
10. The Bridge is 90 feet wide and 220 feet above the sea water; has 6 driving lanes and two sidewalks each measuring 62 feet and 10 feet respectively.
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