The Golden Gate Bridge was someone’s dream

Posted on Updated on

From steel beams to American icon: Golden Gate Bridge celebrates 75 years as an engineering masterpiece

BOOKS OF THE TIMES

The building of A symbol How It Got There, and Why It’s Orange 

Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Golden Gate Bridge under construction, around 1935. The actual building of the bridge took over four years, with men sometimes perched more than 500 feet above the water in wind or fog. By MICHIKO KAKUTANI

Darker side: With a drop of 245 feet to the water below, the bridge has become the biggest suicide site in the world
Such great heights: Painter Don Dulac, the oldest on the painting crew, scales dizzying heights top of the North Tower, paint brush in hand
Dream becomes reality: The idea for a bridge across the Golden Gate strait, where San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean, was championed by the engineer Joseph Strauss in the 1920s

The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge

By Kevin Starr

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s