The early twentieth century was the golden age of long-span suspension bridges. Yet the spanning of San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate Strait was thought by many to be impossible. Working in the shadow of the Great Depression, the builders of the bridge had to overcome daunting political, financial, and technical challenges. In one of the world’s harshest marine environments their task was to construct its longest suspension bridge. Eager to meet these challenges, leading engineers of that era and construction workers would converge on San Francisco in the early days of 1933 to undertake the perilous spanning of ‘the Gate’. Paul Giroux, a construction engineer and civil engineering historian, will bring to life the extraordinary story of the Golden Gate Bridge’s construction using a combination of historic photographs, video and dynamic animation techniques.
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