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The Golden Gate Bridge: An Overview

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The Golden Gate Bridge The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge; it is one of the longest bridges in the world, an influential and graceful human structure in an evenly gorgeous natural site, built between the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and Sausalito on the south-facing Marin County headlands. The construction of the bridge started on January 5, 1933 under the support of the Works Projects Administration (WPA), a program commenced by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to make public works through federal funds and reduce the effects of the Great Depression Construction of the bridge took four and one-half years and the work initiated on January 5, 1933. The resulting duration has been much admired for its size and its graceful beauty. At mid-span the bridge is 220 feet beyond the waters of the Golden Gate; it is almost a mile across and there is merely one pier in the water which, incidentally, was constructed under most disappointing conditions, as Engineer Strauss could give evidence. This pier is only 1,125 feet from shore; the distance between the two towers that hold up the cables which, sequentially, hold up the floor of the bridge, is 4,200 feet. These two cables are 361/2 inches in diameter, the largest bridge cables ever made. Each cable is 7,659 feet long and contains 27,572 parallel wires, sufficient to surround the world more than three times at the equator. Luckily, solid rock was discovered at each end of the Gate and
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