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1.3.5 Golden Gate Bridge

Color photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, undated. San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

After four long years of construction, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public in 1937, connecting San Francisco with Marin County. The bridge was widely considered to be one of the greatest engineering feats in history. The Golden Gate Bridge is a symbol of hard work, determination, and grit as the builders were told over and over again that it “couldn’t be done.” Are there other big symbols of California that you can think of?  
The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic image of California. Construction on the suspension bridge started in 1933, and it was completed and opened to the public in 1937. The bridge, designed by Joseph Strauss, Charles Ellis, and Irving Morrow, spans the Golden Gate, a one-mile strait between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. Today, over 45 million vehicles cross the bridge each year. Pop’s Bridge by Eve Bunting is an excellent picture book about two boys and their fathers who are working on the bridge. The bolded vocabulary words that students can note in the image are: construction, engineering, feats.  

Photograph of Golden Gate Bridge