Blast From the Past — 1935

Opening Day for the Golden Gate Bridge was still just over 2 years away at the time of this news article documenting the progress of construction on the South Tower.

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Source: Healdsburg Enterprise, Tribune, and Scimitar Newspaper, May 2, 1935 via California Digital Newspaper Collection, Center for Bibliographic Studies and Research, University of California, Riverside


  8 comments for “Blast From the Past — 1935

  1. May 10, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Incredible construction work! And all that material used. An art for sure.

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    • May 11, 2019 at 6:46 AM

      Thanks, Angeline. Sometimes we get so focused on the bridge construction that we forget about the fact that the roadways and arteries leading to it had to be built. The Funston Tunnel, Doyle Drive, Alexander Ave, and the Waldo Tunnel all had to be built and ready to go at the same time that the GGB opened for business. It was a monumental task for many people working together to provide a future for us and generations to come.

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  2. May 10, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    It would have been great to see the bridge being built.

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    • May 10, 2019 at 4:05 PM

      It certainly would have been a treat. Our former neighbor, now deceased, used to tell me stories of when she was a young girl in SF in the Thirties and how she and her friends went to the Saturday matinees and watched the progress of the bridgework on the newsreels before the main feature. What a time to be alive.

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      • May 10, 2019 at 9:46 PM

        When I was younger there was a man at our church who was a truck driver for the steal company that supplied the bridge and use to tell us kids about driving loads of steal to the bridge site during its construction.

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      • May 11, 2019 at 7:03 AM

        Wow, what a job that must have been at the time. Thanks, Andrew.

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  3. May 10, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    I’ve been thinking about “your” bridge a lot recently. They’re expanding a local highway, including a high span over a channel, and I have the pleasure of driving right next to the workers every day. I can’t quite figure out how they’re going to construct the new bridge decking, but I’ll have a chance to figure it out over the next months.

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