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golden gate bridge turns 75 | by Kris Kros
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golden gate bridge turns 75

I wish I was able to visit San Francisco yesterday to witness the historical celebration of one of the world's famous structures and an engineering marvel, the Golden Gate Bridge. My only way to celebrate it is to produce and release this HDR picture.

 

A BIT OF HISTORY

 

Building the Golden Gate, at an estimated cost of $1.2 billion in current dollars, was a Herculean task. While the idea took hold in the prosperous 1920s, by the time ground was broken the Depression had left many people desperate for jobs.

 

“Launched midst a thousand hopes and fears; Damned by a thousand hostile sneers,” was how the head engineer for the bridge, Joseph Strauss, described the bridge in a poem he wrote to mark its completion in 1937. He died less than a year later.

 

Even the bridge’s arresting dark orange color was an accident, first used as a primer while designers decided what to paint it. The Navy had argued for black with yellow stripes, to ensure it could be seen in a strait hostile to mariners, with dense fog, heavy winds and strong ocean swells.

 

In the end, bridge authorities decided they liked the color - known as International Orange - and stuck with it.

   

Crowds gather for Golden Gate Bridge celebration (USA Today)

 

Thousands of people flocked to San Francisco's waterfront and onto Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday to celebrate the famous span's 75th birthday.

 

The daylong party attracted pleasure boats, tug boats and other vessels to the water as people on shore enjoyed a number of events stretching from Fort Point south of the bridge to Pier 39 along The Embarcadero. Many walked and biked across the bridge before capping the day by watching a fireworks display over the city's most famous symbol.

 

Since it opened in 1937, more than two-billion vehicles have crossed the 1.7-mile-long bridge named after the Golden Gate Strait, the entrance of water to San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean, and championed by engineer Joseph Strauss in the 1920s.

  

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Watch out for the launching of my book "HDR UNLEASHED" in July.

The book will contain the secret sauce to produce HDRs the KK Touch Way. Like the one above.

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