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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Travel Photography - Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

The City by the Bay, San Francisco, California

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the seven wonders of the modern world, in my book. The bridge is 8,980 feet in length and the longest span is 4,200 feet. The elevation and height are 220 and 746 feet respectively.  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.

It took a little over four years to build the Bridge. Construction commenced on January 5, 1933 and the Bridge was open to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937. The dream of spanning the Golden Gate Strait had been around for well over a century before the Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic on May 28, 1937. Pedestrian Day was held on May 27, 1937.

Bridge Over Beautiful Water

I fell in love with the Golden Gate Bridge as a child and never grew tired of its beauty and timelessness. The bridge has the ability to present itself from many angles and time of day to give a totally new perspective every time. The next closest man made structure with this photogenic quality is the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Visit my website to see many more Travel images from around the world.

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