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The Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public in 1937 and quickly established itself as one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. We’re pretty fond of San Francisco here at GoCar tours and love sharing our city with visitors from around the world. So, we compiled twelve of our favorite interesting facts about the Golden Gate Bridge. From its name to its deadly history, its color to the records it broke and everything in between, this fascinating step back in time is an essential read before you see it for yourself. Prepare for your trip to this iconic San Francisco site with twelve Golden Gate Bridge fun facts that just might surprise you! 1. The Golden Gate Bridge Was Completed Ahead of Schedule This truly has to be one of the most surprising Golden Gate Bridge facts. Even though construction began during the Great Depression, it still finished under budget and ahead of schedule! Work began in January of 1933 and ended in 1937, concluding the massive project in only four years. 2. The Golden Gate Bridge Replaced a Thriving Ferry Service Here’s a Golden Gate Bridge fun fact for you: before the bridge was completed, the people of San Francisco had to travel to Marin County by boat! This ferry service began in the 1820’s and transported passengers, cars, and more for over 100 years until the Golden Gate Bridge was built. 3. The Golden Gate Bridge Gets Its Name From a Not-So-Surprising Origin The bridge is named after the Golden Gate Strait, which is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. But how did the strait get this name? In 1846 an American topographer felt that the strait reminded him of a Byzantium harbor known as “Golden Horn,” and thus the name…

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most frequently visited sites in the San Francisco area. Many tourists can easily see that it’s a massive, impressive, staggering work of engineering but they don’t always know some of the fascinating history behind it. Goldengatebridge.org has a ton of interesting information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Here are three of our favorite facts. 1. The Golden Gate Bridge once had the world’s largest suspension span As the website states, “The 4,200-foot long suspension span of the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest span in the world from the time of its construction in 1937 until New York City’s Verrazano Narrows Bridge was opened on November 21, 1964.  It is 60 feet longer than the Golden Gate Bridge.  The Verrazano was the longest single span bridge until July 17, 1981, when the Humber Bridge in England, spanning the Humber River, was opened for traffic with a main span of 4,626 feet. Today, both the Great Belt East Bridge in Denmark (main span of 5,328 feet) and the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan (main span of 6,532 feet) have main span lengths which exceed that of the Humber Bridge.  The table below shows the relative suspension bridges in comparison. 2. The name has nothing to do with its color While it’s obvious today that the name isn’t related to its color, many tourists assume that it was once gold. In fact, according to the website, “The term Golden Gate refers to the Golden Gate Strait which 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 Army Captain John…

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