John Frémont, the first Republican nominee for the US presidency, named this strait the ‘golden gate', even before the gold rush! The bridge to cross far above was added more than 80 years later, between 1933 and 1937, when San Francisco had become a respectable and respected city on the West Coast.
The Golden Gate Bridge is the universally known symbol of San Francisco, just as the Eiffel Tower is of Paris. You will immediately recognize its intense ‘international orange' colour. Connecting San Francisco to Sausalito, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world for many years. The bridge is not only part of the local landscape: since Alfred Hitchcock filmed Vertigo, in which Jimmy Stewart jumped into the bay to save Kim Novak from drowning beneath the bridge, the icon has had its own leading role in popular culture.
The Golden Gate Quartet, one of the oldest continuously active gospel groups, was formed at the time of the bridge's construction and took their name from it.
Golden Gate Bridge
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San Francisco, CA 94129
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