The triangles proved to be the tipping point. I’m a sucker for the three-sided shapes because I made a good living for a number of years by incorporating their trigonometric properties into calculations for bending conduit and laying out work on slabs and racks of pipe.
Bridge? Hah! That’s no bridge, that’s a trestle.
—Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, reacting to the opening of the Bay Bridge, completed six months before the Golden Gate Bridge.
Our world of today revolves around things which at one time couldn’t be done because
This bridge needs neither praise, nor eulogy, nor encomium. It speaks for itself.
—Joseph Strauss, at the opening ceremony for the Golden Gate Bridge
May 28, 1937 — Golden Gate Bridge opens to vehicular traffic at twelve o’clock noon, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key
Every span is something that ‘can’t be done’ until the men in steel helmets have driven in their last rivet. —Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge
May 27, 1937 — The Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic.
April 2, 1942 — At 10 AM the USS Hornet passed beneath the Golden Gate Bridge carrying airmen—led by Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle—and sixteen B-25B Mitchell bombers, each equipped with four 500 pound bombs. The mission of the air crew was to bomb 4 cities on the mainland of Japan in retaliation for the unprovoked Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.