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Yerba Buena, 1884
This is what the Golden Gate looked like to sailors in 1846, when San Francisco was called Yerba Buena

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San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge Was Completed and Opened
May 27, 1937

The area known as the Golden Gate is the channel formed where the mouth of the San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. People used the name Golden Gate as early as 1846, even before the gold rush and long before the bridge. Explorer John C. Frémont was possibly the first to call the rocky straits the "Golden Gate."

Construction of the bridge began in 1932, during the Great Depression, when jobs were scarce. The men working on the Golden Gate Bridge (a four-and-a-half-year project) were greatly envied, even though they worked in very dangerous conditions, balancing high above the freezing ocean waters.

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