Joseph Strauss

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Joseph Baermann Strauss was a bridge engineer who developed patented designs for trunnion bascule bridges, and thereafter specialized in the design of trunnion bascule bridges. When he undertook the design of the Golden Gate Bridge, he was somewhat out of his comfort zone. Although credit is often given solely to Strauss for designing the Golden Gate Bridge, he actually hired Charles Alton Ellis to do nearly all the engineering for the bridge, and simply took credit for the work that Ellis did. Strauss operated the Strauss Bascule Bridge Company of Chicago, Illinois


Burnside Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Bascule Engineer, 1926
Strauss bascule lift bridge over Willamette River on Burnside Bridge in Portland
Open to traffic

China Basin Bridge (Old) (San Francisco County, California)
Built 1904/1905
Lost Truss bridge over China Basin/ Mission Creek on Third Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Fourth Street Bridge (San Francisco County, California)
Lead Engineer, 1916
Warren truss Bascule bridge over China Basin on Fourth Street in San Francisco
Open to traffic

Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco County, California)
Chief Engineer, 1937
Suspension bridge over San Francisco Bay on US 101 at San Francisco
Open to traffic

Henry Ford Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)
Design, 1924
Bridge over Cerritos Channel on Los Angles Harbor Belt Railway
Demolished and replaced.

Hoquiam River Bascule Bridge (Grays Harbor County, Washington)
Bascule Engineer, 1928
Bascule bridge over Hoquiam River on US 101 in Hoquiam
Open to traffic

Lewis & Clark Bridge (Cowlitz County, Washington)
Engineer, 1929
Cantilevered through truss bridge over Columbia River on WA 433 at Longview
Open to traffic

Polk Street Lift Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1910
Lost Pony truss bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Polk Street
Removed but not replaced

Washinton Street Bridge (Spokane County, Washington)
Consulting engineer, 1908
Lost three-span arch bridge over Spokane River on Washington Street in Spokane
Replaced by new bridge

Wishkah River Bridge (Grays Harbor County, Washington)
Bascule Designer, 1925
Bascule bridge over Wishkah River on US 12 in Aberdeen
Open to traffic