This year the Golden Gate turns 75 and to celebrate Shea Homes is giving away SIX Golden Gate/Shea Homes gift packages valued at $125 and ONE lucky winner will win a trip for two to San Francisco. If you would like to join in on the fun all you have to do is go to http://www.sheahomes.com/goldengate/, like one of the Facebook pages listed and wham you in the running to win a fabulous prize!
Why is Shea Homes celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th birthday you ask?! Well it just so happens that the Shea family of companies helped build it and were pretty proud of the work. Plus it has been recognized as one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers and we think that is pretty cool! At the start of construction in 1933, the J.F. Shea Company took the first and most dangerous step in this amazing project - holding back the waters of the Pacific to build the foundations and pilings that would support what would become one of the world's most impressive landmarks.
COOL FACTS ABOUT THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
- The Golden Gate Strait is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The strait is approximately three-miles long by one-mile wide with currents ranging from 4.5 to 7.5 knots. It is generally accepted that the strait was named "Chrysopylae", or Golden Gate, by John C. Fremont, Captain, topographical Engineers of the U.S. Army circa 1846. It reminded him of a harbor in Instanbul named Chrysoceras or Golden Horn.
- There are approximately 1.2 million rivets in the bridge's two towers.
- The bridge's two towers support cables containing 80,000 miles of steel wire. Together, the cables weigh a whopping 49 million pounds.
- In its first year, the bridge carried 3,892,063 motor vehicles and 8,000,000 passengers. More than 400,000 pedestrians walked the sidewalks. Today, 110,000 cars cross the bridge daily, and the bridge gets 10 million visitors a year.
- More than 1,600 people have jumped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge
- 11 men died building the Golden Gate Bridge
- May 25, 1923 - The California state legislature passes a law creating the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District
- August 27, 1930 - Joseph B. Strauss submits final plans
- November 4, 1930 - $35 million bond issue approved by the six counties in the District, by a vote of 145,667 to 46.954
- January 5, 1933 - Construction begins
- May 27, 1937 - Bridge opens to pedestrians
- May 28, 1937 - Bridge opens to automobiles. The toll was 50 cents one way, $1 round trip and 5 cents surcharge if there were more than 3 passengers
- February 22, 1985 - The one-billionth car crosses the bridge. Toll is $2 southbound on Friday and Saturday, $1 other days. No northbound toll
- May 28, 1987 - Bridge closed to vehicles for its fiftieth birthday. An estimated 300,000 pedestrians jammed the bridge
- September 2 2008 - Toll increased to $6 southbound. No northbound toll