Fun Fact 2 The Golden Gate Bridge spans across the channel where San
Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. The channel is approximately one
mile wide and three miles long.
Fun Fact 3: The concept of the Golden Gate Bridge was discussed for
years before building work began in January, 1933.
Fun Fact 4: The reason so much discussion took place before building
work could commence was the many important factors which had to be
considered and the possible dangers and risks which lay ahead.
Fun Fact 5: A strait can be described as a narrow passage of water which
connects the two areas of water, in this case the Pacific Ocean and San
Francisco Bay. The strait in this channel of water is approximately 152
Fun Fact 6: Another factor which had to be considered was the weather in
San Francisco which could sometimes turn to fog and fierce winds. This
combined with strong tides and the depth of the strait could make the
overall conditions very dangerous.
Fun Fact 7: The cost of the bridge was also an important factor to
consider. An engineer had estimated the cost at around $100 million;
however, a design engineer called Joseph Strauss estimated it would cost
Fun Fact 8: Joseph Strauss made plans which were heavily discussed and
refined with other architects and engineers for more than a decade.
Fun Fact 9: Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in January
1933. As well as Joseph Strauss, senior engineer Charles Alton Ellis and
architect Irving Morrow were both heavily involved with the design and
construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Fun Fact 10: During the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, 11
people sadly lost their lives. However, many lives were saved by safety
devices which had been developed.
Fun Fact 11: The finished product successfully spans around 2042 meters
making it the longest suspension in the world at its time of
construction. This is not the case now as the Varrazano-Narrows Bridge
Fun Fact 12: A tower was constructed at either end of the Golden Gate
Bridge which measure 230 meters tall.
Fun Fact 13: The completed bridge cost more than $35 million, more than
Strauss' estimation but far less than the original estimation of $100
Fun Fact 14: The Golden Gate Bridge was painted orange and opened on
27th May, 1937. Celebrations were held to mark its opening. Around
200,000 people crossed the bridge by foot before it was opened to
Fun Fact 15: Tourists visit the Golden Gate Bridge from all over the
world. It is iconic to San Francisco and it is credited for its fabulous