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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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