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WHY THE RED-ORANGE COLOR?The Golden Gate Strait is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The strait is approximately three-miles long by one-mile wide with currents ranging from 4.5 to 7.5 knots. It is generally accepted that the strait was named "Chrysopylae", or Golden Gate, by John C. Fremont, Captain, topographical Engineers of the U.S. Army circa 1846. It reminded him of a harbor in Istanbul named Chrysoceras or Golden Horn.
The color chosen for the Golden Gate Bridge is actually International Orange, a shade of terracotta, rather than gold as indicated from its name. Consulting Architect Irving Morrow selected the International Orange color. In Morrow's own words, "As the Bridge stands today, the color blends perfectly with the changing season tints of the spans’ natural setting against the San Francisco skyline and the Marin hills."
San Francisco is often surrounded by fog so judging from the images below it is not too difficult a deduction as why such a unique color also provides additional safety!
Fog at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
A view of the Golden Gate Bridge
Back to the beginning...
from the Marin Headlands on a foggy morning at sunrise
(Sorry about the digression but it is always interesting to discover what's 'n a name, especially when the name just doesn't seem to fit.)
As stated in the beginning, it was on January 5, 1933, during the worst depression of the 20th century, when construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge. This is during a time when Americans can be found standing in breadlines and 1 in 4 are unemployed. Workers from all walks of life - former farmers, clerks, taxicab drivers, cowboys, lumberjacks - become steel-driving men welcoming the work in order to feed families. These are the Men Who Built the Bridge. On this day, excavation is in progress of 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure’s huge anchorages. This engineering marvel was by no means a spur of the moment venture or overnight undertaking. The concept for the bridge arose as early as 1872 and was not completed until 1937.
Gazing upon the Golden Gate Bridge leaves each viewer awestruck! Stopping to think how the idea of such a phenomenal bridge came into being is almost unimaginable...almost, that is! The light bulb shone brightly on what was to become one of the world's most beautiful bridges, a stunning technological and artistic achievement of unprecedented proportions.
The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco via Reg Saddler
Takes your breath away, doesn't it?