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A moon-like lamp on San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge with the moon behind it.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. As part of both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1, the structure links the city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County. It is one of the most internationally recognised symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge "possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world".
Many experts said that a bridge couldn't be built across the 6,700 ft strait. It had strong, swirling tides and currents, with water 372 ft deep at the centre of the channel, and frequent strong winds. Experts said that ferocious winds and blinding fogs would prevent construction and operation.
Irving Morrow, a relatively unknown residential architect, designed the overall shape of the bridge towers, the lighting scheme, and Art Deco elements such as the tower decorations, streetlights, railing, and walkways. The famous International Orange colour was originally used as a sealant for the bridge. Many locals persuaded Morrow to paint the bridge in the vibrant orange colour instead of the standard silver or grey, and the colour has been kept ever since. The US Navy had wanted it to be painted with black and yellow stripes to ensure visibility by passing ships.
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June 12th, 2009
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