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Golden Gate Bridge


Photos taken 1984 by Jet Lowe

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #124295

Street Views 


Driving the Golden Gate Bridge

Driving the Golden Gate Bridge 2010 By SLDdigital

Video posted by Sean Dickinson

Play video on YouTube

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Golden Gate Bridge

Driving over the bridge in 2013. Updated to include back and side views. Also includes the "Rainbow Tunnel". The reason for the update is because YouTube flagged the original video as "advertiser unfriendly".

Mark Shannon


Suspension bridge over San Francisco Bay on US 101 at San Francisco
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, and Marin County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1937
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Steel Erection)
- Charles A. Ellis (Design and Design Calculations)
- Crane Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Railing Materials)
- Irving Morrow
- John A. Roebling's Sons Co. of Roebling, New Jersey (Cables)
- Joseph Strauss (Chief Engineer) [also known as Strauss Bascule Bridge Co.]
- Leon Moisseiff of Riga, Latvia (Consulting Engineer)
- Pacific Bridge Co. of Portland, Oregon
- Public Works Administration
Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 4,201.3 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Total length: 9,155.0 ft. (1.7 mi.)
Deck width: 62.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.81715, -122.47856   (decimal degrees)
37°49'02" N, 122°28'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/545895/4185656 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
San Francisco North
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
CA 27-52 (California bridge number)
BH 11421 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 59.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 17, 2019: New photo from Spacey Stacey Morgan
  • August 25, 2018: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • May 11, 2018: New Street View added by Leslie R trick
  • April 11, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 23, 2018: New photo from Stacey Morgan
  • November 22, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Orthotropic Deck"
  • November 8, 2017: New photos from Christopher Finigan
  • October 22, 2017: New video from Mark Shannon
  • March 5, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Public Works Administration"
  • November 22, 2016: New photos from Sean Dickinson
  • November 20, 2016: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • January 16, 2016: New photos from Sean Dickinson
  • January 6, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added railing supplier.
  • November 30, 2014: New video from Mark Shannon
  • October 17, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • October 2, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • September 7, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • July 26, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • October 26, 2013: New photo from Jann Mayer
  • September 17, 2013: New photo from Pedro Rezende
  • December 30, 2012: New photo from Bill Culp
  • December 8, 2012: New photos from Sean Dickinson
  • May 27, 2012: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • March 11, 2012: Photos imported by James Baughn
  • November 6, 2011: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • August 27, 2011: New photos from Sean Dickinson
  • August 29, 2010: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • June 8, 2010: New Street View added by Nick Brnot
  • September 14, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • August 19, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • April 30, 2008: New photos from David B. Haun
  • August 18, 2006: Posted HAER photos


  • Wikipedia
  • Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District - Website of the authority that operates the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry.
  • David B. Haun
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER CA-31 - Golden Gate Bridge, Spanning mouth of San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Sean Dickinson - SLDdigital [at] live [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Todd Wilson
  • Bill Culp
  • Christopher Finigan
  • Pedro Rezende - bb40t2 [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] br
  • Jann Mayer - jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Andrew Raker
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Mark Shannon
  • Nathan Holth
  • Daniel Barnes
  • Spacey Stacey Morgan - spacey_stacey81 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Richard Doody
  • Leslie R Trick - Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Josh Schmid


Golden Gate Bridge
Posted October 25, 2021, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Since a streamlined railing was installed on the west side of the bridge in 2019-2020, it has occasionally produced a loud whistling sound in high winds. This was especially pronounced in the "bomb cyclone" that hit northern California on October 24, 2021. In this video, a driver braves the storm across the bridge and recorded very loud whistling sounds. https://youtu.be/9FTfNcpPF4M

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by Leslie R trick

Here is Joseph Strauss's proposed design for the Golden Gate bridge the reason this design did not work is because the the public thought it was ugly.


Golden Gate Bridge
Posted March 11, 2015, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

Nice hyphen!

And much greater appeal for highwayfans (not that there's anything wrong with that...)

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted March 11, 2015, by Anonymous

So, should this listing be changed to US 101-Golden Gate Bridge :-)

(Runs for cover)

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted January 12, 2015, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

New moveable median barrier installed. Article, lots of photos at http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Golden-Gate-Bridge-wor...

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted June 29, 2014, by Anonymous
Golden Gate Bridge
Posted December 6, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This video focuses on the positive side of the suicide problem that plagues this bridge. It's called "Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge," and tells the story of a patrolman who has saved many lives here.


Golden Gate Bridge
Posted June 9, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Maybe we can get the farmer to build a replica of the Hulton Bridge next.

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted June 9, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Golden Gate Bridge
Posted March 26, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Most people go to this bridge, like others, to cross from Marin County to the City or vice versa. It is one of the best commutes ever, from fog to blue skies, coming out of the rainbow tunnel to view this bridge is one of the greatest things ever.

All bridges have their sad stories but to dis one of our greatest engineering marvels because of a few sad souls is simply wrong. So whomever you are, that is not why most people go here. The Bay Area is blessed with large bridges and this one changed lives when it was built. Marin was no longer just a quiet summer place, accessible only by ferry.

And if jumping is a choice why not from there. Bridges, at least truss bridges, are a magnet for ghost stories but also for great memories. Not going to denigrate this one, she is one of my favorites.

Maintenance is a good thing. Too bad all bridges aren't so well looked after.

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted June 8, 2010, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

"Flared" typically means the bridge does not have a uniform width throughout the bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted February 9, 2010, by ziera (Zgalerya [at] yahoo [dot] com)

whats the climate like

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted April 20, 2008, by David B. Haun (dbhaun [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photo 1 Golden Gate Bridge walkway and view of Harbor in San Francisco

Photo 2 View of Golden Gate Bridge

Photo 3 Similar view of golden Gate Bridge possibility of better light

Photo 4 Golden Gate Bridge in Distance

Photo 5 View Golden Gate Bridge in distance

Photo 6 Another View of Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted April 13, 2008, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Driving Distance, San Francisco to Sausalito, without taking any ferries:

1927 to 1938, after the Carquinez Bridge opened: 145 Miles

1938 to present, after the GG Bridge opened: 8 miles

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted November 19, 2007, by nick h.

What was the purpose of this bridge when they first built it? Did they know it would become a historic landmark?

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted August 4, 2007, by Anonymous (dmrd77 [at] att [dot] net)

I crossed the golden gate bridge many times from October, 1952 to June, 1954. I was stationed at Fort Berry, accross the bay from San Francisco. My wife Carolyn and I had an appartment in San Francisco. I went to see the San Francisco Seals baseball team play many games. They were members of the Pacific coast league. Some of the other league members were Oakland, Los Angles, Hollywood, San Deigo, Portland, and Seattle. Major league baseball haden't come to the west coast yet. We also saw one of the major ice shows at The Cow Palace. We have lots of memories in San Francisco. Oh, buy the way. We walked to the middle of the golden one time.

Golden Gate Bridge
Posted October 28, 2006, by Rafael Jonathan (edunumeroum [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] br)

perfect bridge