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Golden Gate Bridge (Marine Headlands View)

The Golden Gate Bridge links San Francisco with Marin County. The 1.7 mile-long suspension bridge was completed on Thursday, May 27, 1937 when Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President. San Franciscans joined other thousands in walking across the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge, all together a huge throng of approximately 200,000 people. On the next day, the cutting of a ceremonial barrier took place, after which an official cavalcade of automobiles traversed the span. The Golden Gate Bridge can be crossed by car, by bicycle or by foot. It took more than four years to complete it and it cost $35 million dollars. The Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) long, with two suspension towers of 746 feet (224m) tall which support the Golden Gate Bridge's suspension cables; These two cables are 36 1/2 inches (92,4 cm) in diameter, and with these dimentions they are the largest bridge cables ever made. Each cable is 7,659 feet long and contains 27,572 parallel wires, enough to encircle the world more than three times at the equator. The Golden Gate Bridge crosses the Golden Gate Strait which is about 400 feet deep.

 

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Taken on July 3, 2011