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


After seeing Patty Allison’s 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 first started 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 most attractive and well-known bridges in the world.

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

An excellent video below was found that originated from the Prelinger Archives and was produced for Bethlehem Steel postwar; the historical film footage contained in it from 1930s covers the complete story and the very interesting construction methods used on the landmark. You can also learn much more about it at the Golden Gate Bridge at PBS, which refers to it as one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

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

  1. David,
    You post the most awesome photos. I am lovin it and keep them coming!
    Best regards,
    Wayne Carroll Petersen
    Barney Oldfield Great Great Nephew

  2. No love lost here, Bethlehem Steel may have built the towers but Roebling built the cables. Love how the movie only acknowledges the “cable contractor”.

    • Karl, Thanks for pointing out that Roebling did in fact build the cables. Apparently the Steel Company had the film made and they were not about to give anyone else any credit on their dime.

  3. Take a look at the Forth Bridge near Edinburgh if you want to see an iconic bridge, although it predates the motorcar so is a railway bridge. The Golden Gate bridge, nice though it is, comes nowhere near.

    • 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”.

  4. Mr. Shelley, I agree with the editor, the Golden Gate truly is an icon here in this country. It appears to me that you might be one of the few Englishman that still still subscribes to the centuries-old sentiment that nothing can be any good or be attractive if was made in the “Colonies”.

    Your statement made here in the Bay Area might just get you thrown off the bridge.

  5. Hi David. I’ve nothing to add about the Golden Gate bridge, only to say I enjoy your weekly posts, and readers replies very much.
    The friendly rivalry between the different continents also make me smile..
    Thanks, Grant.. (New Zealand)

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