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The Golden Gate Bridge – One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World

After viewing Inbued with Hues fine colorization work on the circa 1950 Golden Gate Bridge photo above, it set us on a quest to learn more about the famous structure. The construction began in January of 1933, and it officially opened over four years later on May 27, 1937. Its location, surroundings, design, and carefully chosen color have resulted in it being one of the most attractive and well-known bridges in the world.

  • Construction photos above and below courtesy the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway District.

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The excellent video below originated from the Prelinger Archives and was produced for Bethlehem Steel postwar. The Roebling and Sons Company produced the cables that support the bridge. The Historical film footage contained in it covers the complete story of the bridge construction and the fascinating construction methods used to build the landmark.

23 responses to “The Golden Gate Bridge – One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World

  1. Martin, You are trying to compare apples to oranges and structures built at different times in different countries.

    Yes the Forth Bridge was a similar achievement, is attractive and it is special to the hearts of the people of the UK.

    In America the Golden Gate it is considered as PBS tagged it “One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World”.

  2. What caught my attention was how the bridge was pre-fabricated and assembled like a jig saw puzzle. All parts apparently were riveted with no sign of electric welding. It reminds me of the Erector Set I had as a boy. Brilliant engineering.

  3. Those Roeblings did, I believe, build the Brooklyn Bridge and later on got involved with building some romping-big engined cars out in Mercer County, New Jersey not long after the turn fo the 20th century

  4. The Roeblings being the same family of Mercer car fame, one of whom, general manager Washington A Roebling II, died in the Titanic disaster.

  5. Neat color photo for sure! Thanks for the info and construction video too. The lack of commercial vehicles stands out to me. Were trucks and busses not allowed on the bridge or something else?

  6. John Roebling immigrated to PA from Moravia. He and his family settled just north of Pittsburgh and founded the town of Saxonburgh.
    He invented the wire rope and built many suspension bridges, including the Brooklin bridge (completed by his son ).

  7. The oldest wire rope suspension bridge extant is a John Roebling bridge, the Delaware Aqueduct, which still crosses the Delaware River at Lackawaxen, PA. It was built to convey 2000 tons of water and canal boats laden with coal, as part of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, across the Delaware. This was in 1849, and the span is still in use today, though carrying vehicular traffic rather than coal barges, having been converted to highway use, with the original wire rope cables.

  8. The towers were fabricated at the Bethlehem Steel Steelton Works, south of Harrisburg, assembled in sections on the ground, disassembled and shipped to Baltimore, and loaded onto freighters that delivered them to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. My grandfather worked at Steelton, and my dad during a couple of summers, and the mill is still in operation, making both rails and tubes.

    • Sorry, shipped by rail to Philadelphia, not Baltimore. FYI, the beam in the logo at the end is an “H” beam, which Bethlehem invented.

  9. Fond memories (kind of) I have a photo of my daughter and I at the information point (Frisco side) taken in 1955. A fter the photo was taken the family went for a walk to the north side of the bridge, wife only made it a couple of hundred yards before the height and wind got to her. I was stationed at Crissey field at the time. Now a soccer field as I understand. Driven over it, under it on a troop ship, and over the top in an L-20 fixed wing. I was driving a 46 Plymouth club coupe at the time.

    • I had the same experience, Glyn. Over in a Navy T-34B Mentor, under with the Royal Canadian Navy, and I drive over it both ways several tomes a month. Never gets old!

  10. For all the complexity of the design, engineering and construction of the bridge – or anything else – photo three illustrates that nothing gets done without the fundamental application of human hands.

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