At 12 Noon on May 28, 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened to vehicle traffic. President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in the White House to announce the event to the world. Church bells, fire sirens, fog horns and ship whistles across the San Francisco area sounded to mark the event. The bridge spans the mile-wide Golden Gate Channel that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. At the time the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It would hold that record until 1964. Construction of the 1.7 mile long steel bridge began on January 5, 1933 and ended on April 19, 1937. The total cost of the project was 35 million dollars. Enjoy some historic film footage of the opening ceremonies in the Youtube link below.
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