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Golden Gate Bridge


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  • Spanning the Golden Gate between San Francisco and Marin County, this is one of the world's most recognized structural landmarks.
  • When built, the Golden Gate Bridge was the world's largest suspension bridge.
  • The distance between the two towers is 4,200 feet (1,280 meters).
  • The clearance between the deck and the mean high water mark is 220 feet (67 meters).
  • The bridge is equipped with foghorns to guide ships through safely on foggy days.
  • The suspension cables were supplied by the Roebling Company, whose founder designed the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • The bridge is not in fact painted red, but a colour known as 'International Orange.'
  • The towers rise to 500 feet (152 meters) above the roadway.
  • The total weight of the bridge as of completion in 1937 was 811,500,000 kg (894,500 tons) whereas in 1986 the total weight was reduced to 804,700,000 kg (887,000 tons) due to redecking.
  • More than 1,500 suicides have been recorded over the lifespan of the bridge.
  • In 2017, a stainless steel net was added to the bridge in an attempt to prevent and deter the dozens of suicides that take place each year.

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Golden Gate Point along U.S. Highway 101, connecting San Francisco to Marin County
San Francisco

Technical Data

746.01 ft
746.01 ft
8,981.11 ft
90.00 ft

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • State/province landmark
  • National landmark
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