Still Golden: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge 80 Years Ago

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrians 80 years ago, on May 27, 1937.

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A US Navy aircraft carrier going under the Golden Gate Bridge during opening day ceremonies for traffic on the bridge on May 28, 1937.
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Workers on the catwalks bundling the cables during the construction of the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, circa 1936.
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View from Crissy Field in the Presidio of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge with the roadbed being installed, San Francisco, California,1937.
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In an Oct. 25, 1935 file photo, workers complete the catwalks for the Golden Gate Bridge, prior to spinning the bridge cables during construction in San Francisco. The bridge was heralded as an engineering marvel when it opened in 1937. It was the world's longest suspension span and had been built across a strait that critics said was too treacherous to be bridged.
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Opening of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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In this May 27, 1937 file photo, military biplanes fly between the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge as pedestrians walk across the span during opening ceremonies in San Francisco. The bridge was heralded as an engineering marvel when it opened in 1937. It was the world's longest suspension span and had been built across a strait that critics said was too treacherous to be bridged.
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Some of the thousands of guests, who walked across the Golden Gate Bridge when it was opened to the pedestrians. The toll for walking the five miles was five cents for a regular ticket and twenty five cents for a souvenir ticket.
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