Golden Gate Bridge — a recognized symbol of San Francisco, and for someone all the United States. And few people know that for this red miracle from postcards it is necessary to thank Odessa.
Golden Gate is terribly loved by filmmakers. Often spans over him are found even in films where the action takes place far from San Francisco. There is nothing to say about souvenirs: as they say, firstly, it is beautiful. And there really are reasons for that.
Golden Gate history: construction and disputes
In the 1930s, the San Francisco transportation system began to melt from the flood of emigration. The city was simply not designed for the number of people that the gold rush brought to the city.
Ferries were the only connection with the Marin County, but their capacities quickly ceased to be enough. An active contribution was made by the active cold current, crossing which is unsafe today. Together with crowded ferries, it constituted a time bomb. The government had virtually no choice — a new traffic scheme began to be designed in the city, which included the bridge. And that was a very bold decision.
The design of the bridge belongs to architects Irving Morrow and Joseph Strauss. It is their names that are indicated on the memorial tablet on the south tower of the bridge. But everything is not so simple — Strauss only supervised the construction, and Morrow was a consultant. In reality, for the Golden Gate you need to thank the engineer Leo Moiseyev, Odessa, who arrived in San Francisco from Riga.
Why is the name of Moses hidden in mystery? But because in the process he quarreled with the others because of the sharing of the fee. Maybe, in the end, Moses took his gain, but he paid with his name.
The Golden Gate Bridge was opened first for pedestrians, and then for cars in 1937, and for the next 27 years held the status of the largest suspension bridge in the world. Today it is part of the 101st Federal Highway and California Highway 1. Driving across the bridge for a car is paid ($ 5-6), but cyclists and pedestrians pass for free. Although here there are some nuances, but about them a little lower.
Golden Gate Bridge facts
The greatest asset of the Golden Gate is not so much the form as the color. It is called International Orange and was designed specifically for this facility.
Firstly, it is precisely over this place of the strait that thick fogs constantly stand and the bridge should have been visible even in a thick veil. Secondly, the bridge was also designed as an art object, so it was supposed to be a bright spot on the panorama of San Francisco. A lot of options were tried, but only today's red-orange withstood criticism.
The bridge also has a more terrible feature — suicides adore it. The aesthetics of the place and 75 meters of fall to the stormy deadly waters greatly inspire those who wish. The chances of surviving are really few. Fortunately, now there is an active struggle with this. And the Golden Gate is gradually forgetting the glory of the suicidal point.
What and when to look at the Golden Gate Bridge
You can view the bridge in different ways. The option for the most lazy is a car, but it's not as nice as walking on it for your two or cycling. The length of the bridge is almost 2 kilometers, and the landscapes are just crazy.
First news — six automobile lanes of the bridge quantitatively change in favor of busy directions. That is, in which direction they go more, the more lanes stand out - this is followed by special automatic dividers.
The second news is that there are bicycle lanes on both sides of the bridge, but they are open on schedule. It is generally better to familiarize yourself with the schedule in advance; on holidays or weekends it can change.
The third news, the most interesting — from the side of San Francisco there is an exhibition pavilion where a historical exposition, cafes and souvenir shops are presented. And also there is a real fragment of the bridge rope: a meter in diameter, 24 tons of steel wire, very impressive.
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