Golden Gate Bridge Opens To Pedestrians
Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the Golden Gate Bridge opening to pedestrians on May 27, 1937, 82 years ago today.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It was designed by Joseph Strauss, Charles Ellis, and Irving Morrow.
It had long been thought that to build a bridge at the location would be impossible due to strong currents, the depth of water in the Golden Gate Strait and the regular occurrence of strong winds and fog. Until 1964 the Golden Gate Bridge had the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 1,280m (4,200 ft).
There was a record low of deaths on the construction site, resulting in just 11 deaths in the 4 years of construction.
On May 27, 1937, the day the bridge opened to the public, Joseph Strauss dedicated a poem entitled “A Mighty Task Is Done.” It goes like this:
At last the mighty task is done;
Resplendent in the western sun
The Bridge looms mountain high;
Its titan piers grip ocean floor,
Its great steel arms link shore with shore,
Its towers pierce the sky.
On its broad decks in rightful pride,
The world in swift parade shall ride,
Throughout all time to be;
Beneath, fleet ships from every port,
Vast landlocked bay, historic fort,
And dwarfing all the sea.
To north, the Redwood Empires gates;
To south, a happy playground waits,
In Rapturous appeal;
Here nature, free since time began,
Yields to the restless moods of man,
Accepts his bonds of steel.
Launched midst a thousand hopes and fears,
Damned by a thousand hostile sneers,
Yet Neer its course was stayed,
But ask of those who met the foe
Who stood alone when faith was low,
Ask them the price they paid.
Ask of the steel, each strut and wire,
Ask of the searching, purging fire,
That marked their natal hour;
Ask of the mind, the hand, the heart,
Ask of each single, stalwart part,
What gave it force and power.
An Honored cause and nobly fought
And that which they so bravely wrought,
Now glorifies their deed,
No selfish urge shall stain its life,
Nor envy, greed, intrigue, nor strife,
Nor false, ignoble creed.
High overhead its lights shall gleam,
Far, far below lifes restless stream,
Unceasingly shall flow;
For this was spun its lithe fine form,
To fear not war, nor time, nor storm,
For Fate had meant it so.
The very next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that the bridge was open to cars and the rest of the world via White House telegraph.
Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. If you learned from this post, be sure to let me know in the comments below. Knowing people enjoy my posts encourages me to keep writing more. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!