The Golden Gate Bridge received its name from the passage it spans, the Golden Gate Strait, the entrance to the San Francisco Bay. John C. Fremont gave this name to the three-mile strait because it reminded him of the Golden Horn, a harbor in Istanbul. The name has nothing to do with the orange color of the bridge.Know More
The color of the bridge is officially International Orange. The original bridge design called for another color, but the steel manufacturers painted the materials using an orange primer to protect it from the elements. Irving Morrow, the consulting architect, found he preferred the contrast the orange provided to the bridge's surroundings instead of black or steel gray. Painters only touched up the original paint until 1965 when they began removing and replacing the lead based paint, a process that took over 30 years.
Manufacturers in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey manufactured the steel for the bridge. They shipped it by rail to Philadelphia, where it was loaded onto ships. The ships transported the steel through the Panama Canal to San Francisco for construction of the bridge.
While the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its construction, New York City's Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which opened in 1964, is 60 feet longer than the Golden Gate. Since the opening of the New York bridge, several others have exceeded it in length.Learn more about The West
The Golden Gate Bridge is famous because it was the world's longest suspension bridge when it was first constructed in 1937 until November 21, 1964, when New York City opened its Verrazano–Narrows Bridge. The Verrazano–Narrows Bridge lost its place as the world's longest suspension bridge when the Humber Bridge opened in England on July 17, 1981.Full Answer >
Three interesting facts for kids aboutColorado include the state being home to the Mile High City, the city with the highest elevationand the only city to own the rights to a glacier in the United States. Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it was granted statehood in 1876, a century after the United States was formed.Full Answer >
Oakland is a large city located on the central west coast of California, right on the San Francisco Bay. The port of Oakland is the largest port in the San Francisco Bay.Full Answer >
The city of San Jose website states that San Jose is located in the U.S. state of California at the southernmost point of the San Francisco Bay, in an area commonly referred to as Silicon Valley. The city lies southeast of San Francisco.Full Answer >