January 19th of this year will mark the 70th birthday of the now-departed legendary singer, Janis Joplin. May 27th of this year will mark the 76th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. How are these two events related?
Once upon a time the Golden Gate Bridge District had a fundraising event to pay for improvements to the visitor’s area for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Bridge. Commemorative paving bricks were sold and set into a walkway that curved through the Golden Gate Bridge Gardens next to the East Parking Lot.
It just so happens that some friends of Janis Joplin’s pooled their money for a Signature Brick ($1500) and it became a part of Bridge history. Until last year.
In 2012, over the MLK holiday, the Commemorative Walkway was targeted for demolition. The actual work was delayed for two days and the demolition started on January 18th. By the end of the next day, Janis’ 69th birthday, a total of 7,416 bricks were headed for the land fill. Donors were not allowed to salvage their bricks, however they were told that a donor wall with a photo of their brick would be installed near the site of the walkway.
If you would like to find the former site of Janis Joplin’s commemorative brick, the Google map below will point you to it.
- Where is the Golden Gate Bridge District Donor Wall?
- Golden Gate Bridge 50th Anniversary Commemorative Bricks
- Where is my Brick? —The Joseph Strauss Legacy Circle
- Golden Gate Bridge District