Saturday, May 27, 2017

Today In History

May 27, 1937 San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens


Dignitaries cut a chain commemorating the opening

The Halfway to Hell Club was a group of  workers who would have lost their lives if it weren't for the safety net that the chief engineer had installed. It was a revelation in construction safety protocol at the time. Still not a club you wanted to be part of. 
$11.00 was the highest daily wage that was paid to bridge laborers. 
In today's dollars it's roughly $180. 

Golden Gate is the most photographed bridge in the world. It’s one of the seven civil engineering wonders of the US, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. Between 1937 and 2012, an estimated 1,600 bodies were recovered of people who had jumped from the bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge has been called a "suicide magnet", it is the second-most used suicide site/bridge in the world, after the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in China. 

On a foggy day, you might hear horns blowing from clear across the city. Those would be the fog horns of the Golden Gate Bridge, installed to help ship traffic navigate through the channel in dense fog. Each fog horn has a different pitch, which reads on ships frequency radar so they know whether to stay to the right or the left of the towers. 40 million cars go across the bridge annually.

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