Golden Gate Bridge and Baker Beach
The iconic Golden Gate Bridge lights up at sunset, with the Marin Headlands in the Background. As seen from San Francisco’s Baker Beach.
The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most famous suspension bridge in the world, and very possibly the most famous bridge period. What impresses me most about it is how long ago it was built, and how little technology existed at the time. Construction started on the bridge in 1933. When built, the bridge held the record for longest suspension bridge span (the length between towers supported by the cables). It continued to hold that record for almost thirty years. The surprising depth of the Golden Gate (the strait that the bridge crosses) is what necessitated such a long span. Constructing supports in such deep water would have been even more difficult. I love this view because with the Marin Headlands in the background, you can easily see the geological features which made construction so tricky.
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