The Construction and Significance of the Golden Gate Bridge

TLDR The Golden Gate Bridge, the world's largest bridge at the time of its construction, was built during the Great Depression to solve the problem of crossing the Golden Gate in San Francisco. Designed as a suspension bridge with an art deco design, it opened in 1937 and has since become an iconic symbol of San Francisco and the United States.

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00:00 During the Great Depression, the problem of crossing the Golden Gate was solved by building the world's largest bridge.
01:37 The city of San Francisco is located where it is because of San Francisco Bay, which is the best natural harbor on the west coast of North America.
03:07 San Francisco became the de facto capital of the West Coast and the hub of the California Gold Rush, but locals were frustrated by the lack of a practical way to cross the Golden Gate, leading to the development of ferry services.
04:35 Joseph Strauss, a bridge designer, was approved to be the lead designer for the Golden Gate Bridge after his original design was rejected, and the next 20 years of his life were consumed by the project.
06:02 The Golden Gate Bridge was designed as a suspension bridge with an art deco design, an orange color, and a bridge within a bridge to protect Fort Point, and construction was delayed by the Great Depression but eventually began in 1933, with the use of movable safety netting that saved the lives of 19 construction workers.
07:30 The Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public in 1937, becoming the tallest and longest bridge in the world at the time, and it came in under budget and ahead of schedule.
09:07 The Golden Gate Bridge is now an iconic and well-known structure, listed as the 5th favorite architecture in America, and has become a symbol of San Francisco, California, and the United States as a whole.
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