On May 27th 1937, the opening ceremony for the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco took place…that’s 75 years ago. The historical bridge, the most photographed in the world, links the city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County. It has become a major landmark of San Francisco, California, and even the United States.
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When I was a kid, I often would see my dad sporting a sweater (we live near Tagaytay and those days, it was cold) with the bridge imprinted on it. Some of my older brother’s shirts have the same prints and I really didn’t care then. Now that I collect stuff from places we’ve visited…I was so eager to have not only shirts and sweaters but miniatures of the bridge too. (end)
During this trip, I was able to walk a bit on the bridge, drive through it, and take photos of it as is the surroundings. I was also able to got to the Alcatraz and take pictures from that side. Sailing is one of the favorite local activities, thus a number of sailboats in the below photo.
In Popular Culture
Many films feature the bridge and most of the time getting destroyed by some alien attack or any global phenomenon that pertains to cataclysm. Some of those films I remember include X-Men, the Last Stand; where Magneto used the bridge as a pathway to Alcatraz, Monsters vs Aliens; where the bridge got cut in half, Hulk; where the green monster would just sit atop. There are a lot more and for sure there are hero movies and Star Trek on the list.
75 Years Strong
Despite all that devastation and hard bombings 😀 , the bridge proudly stood all those years, 75 to be exact. Thus, a celebration is called for! A whole day celebration nonetheless and capped off with fireworks display.
Rightfully named one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers,the Golden Gate Bridge is in itself an iconic structure that we will surely see more of.
Make sure you get a picture when you visit. The Golden Gate bridge is an icon worth a a photo frame on your travel wall!