Spanning the Gate
Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary
Fred Brusati Working on the Golden Gate Bridge
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, a stupendous feat of engineering and design that has been called one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
Spanning the Gate offers a behind-the-scenes look at the complex construction process of this amazing landmark. The project required a multitude of skilled workers – carpenters, electricians, pile drivers, divers, ironworkers – along with many laborers who provided back breaking support work to these craftsmen.
Built hundreds of feet above the dangerously churning waters of the entrance to San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge was an extremely challenging worksite. Several men lost their lives and many others were injured during the four and a half years it took to build the bridge.
We salute the working class heroes whose skill and dedication brought the dream of spanning the Gate to fruition.
An Exhibit of Photographs from the Labor Archives and Research Center Collection.