Its fog and rocky reefs resulted in over 100 shipwrecks – not to mention the political battles and special interests that aligned themselves against a bridge ever being built.Most engineers of the time felt it was physically impossible to construct a bridge over the Golden Gate.Powerful special interests lined up against a bridge as well.
The length required to span the strait, combined with the water’s depth (372 feet at its deepest), would be a monumental task if it were even feasible.
The powerful tides were a result of the Pacific Ocean, twice a day, pouring millions of cubic feet of water into the San Francisco Bay every second.
The political realities of building a bridge across the Golden Gate were just as formidable – some said they made the construction of a bridge the easy part.
The City of San Francisco in the 1930’s had a population of around 500,000.
Countered by the rivers of the Central Valley of California pushing right back into the Pacific twice a day.
The rivers drained over 40% of California’s massive interior land mass.
All had strong lobbies and fought strenuously against a bridge.
Plaintiffs filed 2,307 lawsuits, and they took over six years to resolve – eventually making it all the way to the Supreme Court.
The drive across the bridge is always stunning – whether the sun is shining or the fog is pouring through the Gate.
The Bay Area celebrated the 75 Anniversary of the opening of the bridge in 2012.
By Grand Historian Bob Mc Cully (San Diego State) Everybody loves San Francisco and chocolate! My topics in this column are about two icons of San Francisco: one considered among the seven wonders of the modern world and the other, a famous San Francisco confection.