FDR pushed the button to open the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge in 1936

On November 12, 1936 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected President of the United States. You can see a timeline of his fairly uneventful day at: FDR Library

However, one major event in President Roosevelt’s schedule shows that at   3:30 pm. “In Cabinet Room, pressed button to open San Francisco-Oakland Bridge (CA).”

Photographer Dorothea Lang was in California and took this photograph of some people in town on that important day.Nov. 12, 1936 Dorothea Lange - california


Gov. Frank F. Merriam and President Herbert Hoover were among the dignitaries attending the epic eventpresident herbert hoover opening of bridge

Photographer Clyde Sunderland took the aerial view of San Francisco – Fifth Street Terminus during the Opening Ceremonies on November 12, 1936

bird's eye view


Photographer Charles M. Hiller took these photographs in 1934 of the bridge being built

Hiller 1934 san francisco bridge Clyde Sunderland, Photographer took these photographs May 11, 1934

Below is an aerial view of the floating caisson under construction

Clyde Sunderland, Photographer May 11, 1934 AERIAL VIEW OF FLOATING CAISSON UNDER CONSTRUCTION. -

The film below is a Documentary from 1937 about building the San Francisco to Oakland Bay Bridge, the film was produced in association with US Steel – WDTVLIVE42 Archive footage


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See historical books by Donna R. Causey

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past  is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured.

With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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