The day the Golden Gate Bridge construction started – level 3
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and California. Its construction began on January 5, 1933. The project cost more than $35 million. At the time of its opening in 1937, it was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge is 1,280 meters long and 227 meters tall.
The bridge was considered an engineering marvel and there are many interesting facts about the bridge.
In June 1935, an earthquake struck the bridge before it was even completed. The top of the tower started moving back and forth 5 meters in both directions. There were 12 men on top of the tower at the time of the earthquake, and they had no way to get down. Luckily, they all survived.
The bridge’s orange color was originally intended just as a basic color, but people liked it and the architect decided not to change it.
It cost $0.50 to cross the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937.
A safety net below the bridge saved the lives of 19 men during its construction.
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