Happy Birthday to the Golden Gate Bridge! See this rare vintage film of opening day

The Golden Gate Bridge spans a mile wide and three miles in length channel between San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Opened May 1937

The Bridge opened in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,300 feet. When the bridge was opened, the festivities started on May 27, 1937 and lasted for one week. Below is a film of opening day.

Motorcade crossed

“The day before vehicle traffic was allowed, 200,000 people crossed either on foot or on roller skates. On opening day, Mayor Angelo Rossi and other officials rode the ferry to Marin, then crossed the bridge in a motorcade past three ceremonial “barriers”, the last a blockade of beauty queens who required Joseph Strauss to present the bridge to the Highway District before allowing him to pass.

Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers’ Oral History

President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington D. C.

The next day, President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, D.C. signaling the official start of vehicle traffic over the Bridge at noon. When the celebration got out of hand, the SFPD had a small riot in the uptown Polk Gulch area. Weeks of civil and cultural activities called “the Fiesta” followed.

Faith and Courage: A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love) (Volume 2) In this action-packed novel depicting true events of a family saga, George Willson, ridden with guilt over difficult decisions he made to survive, embraces the Quaker faith which further creates problems for his existence in the New World.


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

One Response to Happy Birthday to the Golden Gate Bridge! See this rare vintage film of opening day

  1. Kurt says:

    Great find. I saw some photos of the opening but no film – until now.
    Greetings from Austria (the tiny country in the middle of Europe – sorry, no kangaroos in Austria!)

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