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March 26, 1879 – Othmar Ammann, NYC bridge designer, is born
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March 26, 1879 – Othmar Ammann, NYC bridge designer, is born

Othmar Ammann may not be a familiar name to most, but if you live in the greater NYC area, you've likely been affected by his engineering. Born in Switzerland on this day in 1879, Ammann went on to study engineering in Zurich. By 1904 he had moved to the United States. Not long after, he earned recognition in the field of bridge design engineering for his studies of collapsed bridges. By 1925 he found himself as bridge engineer for the Port of New York. While there he submitted a design for a bridge that would span the Hudson River, as did his mentor, Gustav Lindenthal. While Lindenthal's bridge called for 16 lanes that'd accommodate cars, trains and pedestrians, the port chose Ammann's less intricate design, primarily due to costs. Above: A bust of Othmar Ammann. By Wheeler Willia...
January 5, 1933 – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge breaks ground
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January 5, 1933 – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge breaks ground

Fishermen on Baker Beach enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge under construction, San Francisco, California, 1930s. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images) The Golden Gate Bridge is among the most recognizable man-made landmarks in the United States, if not the world. The American Society of Civil Engineers even designated it as one of the Wonders of the Modern World. How did the history of the Golden Gate Bridge begin? Necessity. Construction of the iconic bridge began on this day in 1933, at a time when it was a much needed addition to the growing city.  Above: Golden Gate with Fort Point in foreground, c. 1891 Top: Golden Gate Bridge construction as seen from Baker Beach, via TIME. By the 1820s, only a ferry connected San Francisco and current day Marin County. As SF gr...

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