Saturday, June 11, 2016

39 Rarely-Seen Vintage Photos of the Golden Gate Bridge Under Construction

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began with the digging of a pit for the Marin County anchorage on January 5, 1933. Construction of the bridge continued through the Great Depression. The Golden Gate Bridge was dedicated on May 27, 1937. Celebrations included the Golden Gate Bridge Fiesta and Pedestrian Day. The Golden Gate Bridge continues to be well-known landmark of San Francisco.

Here are some rare vintage photos of the Bridge during construction.

Aerial view of Golden Gate Bridge under construction, San Francisco, 1936

Aerial view of the Golden Gate Bridge under construction, San Francisco, between 1933 and 1937

Cable rests on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1935

Construction of south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1935

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1935

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1935

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1936

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, between 1935 and 1937

Construction workers on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, between 1933 and 1937

Construction workers on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, between 1935 and 1937

Construction workers working on cable during construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, between 1933 and 1937

Cyclists bicycling on Golden Gate Bridge before opening, San Francisco, March 25, 1937

Golden Gate Bridge at night before official opening, San Francisco, May 21, 1937

Golden Gate Bridge cables, San Francisco, between 1933 and 1937

Golden Gate Bridge construction workers standing in a safety net, San Francisco, between 1933 and 1937

Golden Gate Bridge Fiesta pageant at Crissy Field, San Francisco, May 27, 1937

Golden Gate Bridge Fiesta, San Francisco, May 28, 1937

Golden Gate Bridge under construction, San Francisco, between 1935 and 1937

Golden Gate Bridge worker painting white lane markers on roadway, San Francisco, May 1937

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, between 1935 and 1937

Jess Stafford playing his trombone on the Golden Gate Bridge Towers during construction, c. 1936

Mayor Angelo Rossi cutting through a chain at the San Francisco-Marin County line on the Golden Gate Bridge during opening day ceremonies for the bridge, San Francisco, May 

Night view of fireworks over Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, May 27, 1937

North tower of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1934

'Penguin Chorus' during a preview of the Golden Gate Bridge Fiesta, San Francisco, April 28, 1937

Pedestrian Day on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, May 27, 1937..

Pedestrian Day on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, May 27, 1937

Pedestrian Day on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, May 27, 1937

Photographers perch atop Golden Gate Bridge Marin tower, San Francisco, 1934

Pier and fender wall used during construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, between 1933 and 1937

South tower of Golden Gate Bridge as seen from base showing rivet details, San Francisco, 1937

Toll collectors of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1937

Two construction workers on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1935

Two construction workers on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1936

View from top of Marin tower of Golden Gate Bridge, looking north, San Francisco, May 26, 1937

View of the Golden Gate Bridge while under construction, San Francisco, 1935

View of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1937

Workmen in front of Golden Gate Bridge tower, San Francisco, 1937

Workmen putting catwalk construction of Golden Gate Bridge into place, San Francisco, 1937
( Photos from San Francisco Public Library)

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