Tag: Joseph Strauss

San Francisco is one of the few cities that has all the energy, all the wealth, all the courage and all the ability that is needed to undertake and carry this project to success.
—Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, on May 16, 1924

 

Note: The Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937

It would be two and a half times larger than any similar bridge in the world. The towers would be ten feet higher than the Eiffel Tower. There is no better place for the eighth wonder of the world than Northern California.
—Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, in a speech, March 1933

 

Note: The Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrian traffic on May 27, 1937

Lest We Forget — 2019

82 years ago today ten men left their homes and went to work on the Golden Gate Bridge with no idea that it would be their last day on earth. Whatever hopes and dreams they had stayed with them when, later that morning, they plunged 220 feet into San Francisco Bay atop a 5-ton scaffold entwined…

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 they were supposedly beyond the limits of human endeavor….don’t be afraid to dream.
—Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge

Building a bridge is a war with the forces of Nature. —Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge

This bridge needs neither praise, nor eulogy, nor encomium. It speaks for itself. —Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss, at the opening ceremony for the Golden Gate Bridge

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

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