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Golden Gate Bridge


Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge in California spans the entrance from the Pacific Ocean into San Francisco Bay, connecting San Francisco to Marin County.

When it was first completed in 1937, it was for a time the largest suspension bridge in the world. While this is no longer the case, it nevertheless remains an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco, and has featured prominently in many movies and films.


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The Golden Gate Bridge (Lightning Bolt Books)

By Jeffrey Zuehlke

Zuehlke, Jeffrey
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The Golden Gate Bridge is an important structure in San Francisco, California. Before this bridge was built, people had to take a ferry across the dangerous stretch of water to get to Marin County. Now they simply drive across. Just how long is the Golden Gate Bridge? And how did workers build this orange structure? Read this book to find out! Learn about many remarkable sites in the Famous Places series - part of the Lightning Bolt Books(TM) collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books(TM) bring nonfiction topics to life.

Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon

By Donald MacDonald

Donald MacDonald
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Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon
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Nine million people visit the Golden Gate Bridge each year, yet how many know why it's painted that stunning shade of"international orange"? Or that ancient Mayan and Art Deco buildings influenced the design? Current bridge architectDonald MacDonald answers these questions and others in a friendly, informative look at the bridge's engineering and 70-year history. This accessible account is accompanied by 70 of MacDonald's own charming color illustrations, making it easy to understand how the bridge was designed and constructed. A fascinating study for those interested in architecture, design, or anyone with a soft spot for San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge is a fitting tribute to this timeless icon.

The Gate: The True Story of the Design and Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge

By John van der Zee

John Van der Zee
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  • The Gate The True Story of the Design and Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge
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The Gate is an absorbing panoramic account of the building of one of the world's most beautiful and famous landmarks. In a narrative richly laden with detail and the flavor of the period, John van der Zee reveals for the first time the complete history of the longest single-span suspension bridge of its time-including the identity of the man who actually designed it, which has been obscured since its completion in 1937.With novelistic flair, van der Zee recounts an exciting drama of human greed, ambition, frailty, courage, and intellectual achievement."It is among the top books on California I have ever read."-Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California and author of Americans and the California Dream"A case study of personal and technological adventure bordering on hubris...The engineers in this bok come alive as people, with all the faults and foibles associated iwth the human species. A fascinating work that shows that the best of cutting-edge engineering is much, much more than science and technology."-Henri Petroski, Nature

The Golden Gate Bridge (Engineering Wonders)

By Rebecca J. Stanborough

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This title explores and explains how the Golden Gate Bridge was built. The bridge's construction is described in terms of the engineering process. The book explores why the bridge was built and describes the design stages and technologies used during construction. The book also describes the challenges builders faced while building the bridge.

Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge

By Kevin Starr

Brand: Bloomsbury Press
Released: 2010-07-06
Hardcover (224 pages)

Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America s Greatest Bridge
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The Golden Gate Bridge links the urbanity of San Francisco with the wild headlands of Marin County, as if to suggest the paradox of California and America itself-the place that Fitzgerald saw as the last spot commensurate with the human capacity for wonder. The bridge, completed in 1937, also announced to the world America's engineering prowess and full assumption of its destined continental dominance. The Golden Gate is a counterpart to the Statue of Liberty, pronouncing American achievement in an unmistakable American fashion. The nation's very history is expressed in the bridge's art deco style and stark verticality.
Kevin Starr's Golden Gate is a brilliant and passionate telling of the history of the bridge, and the rich and peculiar history of the California experience. The Golden Gate is a grand public work, a symbol and a very real bridge, a magnet for both postcard photographs and suicides. In this compact but comprehensive narrative, Starr unfolds the hidden-in-plain-sight meaning of the Golden Gate, putting it in its place among classic works of art.

Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers' Oral History

By Harvey Schwartz

Schwartz Harvey
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Moving beyond the familiar accounts of politics and the achievements of celebrity engineers and designers, Building the Golden Gate Bridge is the first book to primarily feature the voices of the workers themselves. This is the story of survivors who vividly recall the hardships, hazards, and victories of constructing the landmark span during the Great Depression.

Labor historian Harvey Schwartz has compiled oral histories of nine workers who helped build the celebrated bridge. Their powerful recollections chronicle the technical details of construction, the grueling physical conditions they endured, the small pleasures they enjoyed, and the gruesome accidents some workers suffered. The result is an evocation of working-class life and culture in a bygone era.

Most of the bridge builders were men of European descent, many of them the sons of immigrants. Schwartz also interviewed women: two nurses who cared for the injured and tolerated their antics, the wife of one 1930s builder, and an African American ironworker who toiled on the bridge in later years. These powerful stories are accompanied by stunning photographs of the bridge under construction.

An homage to both the American worker and the quintessential San Francisco landmark, Building the Golden Gate Bridge expands our understanding of Depression-era labor and California history and makes a unique contribution to the literature of this iconic span.

Golden Gate Bridge (Pogo: Engineering Marvels)

By Nikole B. Bethea

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In Golden Gate Bridge, early fluent readers explore the mechanics behind this steel engineering marvel. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn about this iconic American bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge: The History of San Francisco’s Most Famous Bridge

By Charles River Editors

Charles River Editors
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*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the bridge's construction written by workers and the chief engineer *Includes a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents "To this Gate I give the name of 'Chrysopylae,' or Golden Gate, for the same reason that the harbor of Byzantium was called 'Chrysoceras,' or Golden Horn." - Captain John C. Fremont, 1846 "[A] perpetual monument that will make this city's name ring around the world and renew the magical fame which the Golden Gate enjoyed in the days of '49." - S.F. Examiner editorial, March 24, 1925 San Francisco has countless landmarks and tourist spots, but few are associated with the city as the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the modern world’s engineering marvels. The giant suspension bridge spans the San Francisco Bay, with a length of over 1.5 miles, a height of nearly 750 feet, and a width of around 100 feet. While it is a beautiful and instantly recognizable landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge was also a very practical one born of necessity. After the California Gold Rush helped turn San Francisco into a destination site, connecting people on both sides of the beautiful Golden Gate Strait became vitally important. There was a consistent ferry service in the area, but the advent of automobiles made a bridge even more imperative. At the same time, no one in the world had ever successfully built a bridge as long as this one would be, and indeed, no one else would for another three decades after the Golden Gate Bridge opened. Given its size, it should come as little surprise that the Golden Gate Bridge was one of the most ambitious and expensive projects of its age. Indeed, it would take nearly 20 years from the time the bridge was proposed to its grand opening, and it cost hundreds of millions of dollars (the equivalent of several billion today). When it finally opened in 1937, Joseph Strauss, the man most responsible for the bridge, remarked, "This bridge needs neither praise, eulogy nor encomium. It speaks for itself. We who have labored long are grateful. What Nature rent asunder long ago, man has joined today." The Golden Gate Bridge: The History of San Francisco's Most Famous Bridge chronicles the story of how one of America’s most famous bridges was built. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Golden Gate Bridge like never before, in no time at all.

The Crook Who Crossed the Golden Gate Bridge (Field Trip Mysteries)

By Steve Brezenoff

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In San Francisco on a field trip, James u0022Gumu0022 Shoo and his friends get caught up in a wave of pickpocketing.

Golden Gate Bridge: Report of the Chief Engineer to the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge & Highway District, 1937

By Joseph Baermann & Clifford Emmett Paine Strauss

Golden Gate Bridge
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