Posted May 27, 2012By vwilliams
1937 – May 27 – The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to pedestrian traffic, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County, California.The bridge-opening celebration began on May 27, 1937 and lasted for one week.
When completed in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge had the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,280.2 m). Since 1964, its main span length has been surpassed by eight other bridges. However, it still has the second longest main span in the United States, after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City.
The total length of the Golden Gate Bridge, including approaches from abutment to abutment, is 8,981 feet (2,737 m).
At 692 feet (211m) (above water), the Golden Gate Bridge also had the world’s tallest suspension towers when built. It held that status until 1998, with the completion of bridges in Denmark and Japan.
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