Some interesting trivia about the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous attractions in the country. The Golden Gate Bridge is a well known attraction but there are a number of interesting facts that few people know. Following are some of the fun facts about the Golden Gate Bridge.

Why is it called the Golden Gate Bridge if it isn’t gold in color? The Golden Gate Strait which is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean was named “Chrsopylae” or Golden Gate by John C. Fremont, Captain.  It reminded him of a harbor in Instabul named Chrysoceras or Golden Horn. It was decided to paint the bridge the “International Orange” color because it blends well with the natural setting and is a warm color that is consistent with the warm colors of the land masses in the setting to distinct it from the cool colors of the sky and sea. The bright color also enhanced visibility for passing ships.

The Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic on May 28, 1937, so if recently celebrated its 75th Anniversary. It took just over four years to construct the bridge. On opening day, the San Francisco Chronicle referred to the bridge as a thirty-five million dollar steel harp.

If the Golden Gate Bridge would be constructed today it would cost approximately $1.2 billion in 2003 dollars. The price also depends on factors including the extent of the environmental reviews and cost of labor and materials.  Labor and material costs vary by location in the country and costs of many things are continuing to increase so it would cost more than that if it were to be built now.

With the extent of the project it is amazing there were only eleven men killed during the construction of the bridge.  Especially, considering the equipment that was available in that time period. With the advances in equipment and technology, the number of deaths would probably be decreased if the bridge was to be constructed now. 

Since it’s opening in 1937, as  of April 2011 there have been 1,929,896 vehicles that have crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. It has only been closed four times since it opened. Two of those times were for a few hours because of high wind gusts.  It was also closed on two separate occasions for a brief time for visiting dignitaries. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Charles de Gaulle of France. In addition, the bridge has been closed briefly in the middle of the night for construction activities.