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The Golden Gate Bridge has come to symbolize the city of San Francisco

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

What sights do you think of when you picture the city of San Francisco? How about the massive and lovely 4,200-foot orange-painted steel suspension bridge known as the Golden Gate Bridge? The bridge was completed and opened to the public on May 27, 1937. The next day, with a push of a telegraph button, President Franklin Roosevelt opened the bridge to cars, too. The Golden Gate is special for a number of reasons. Until 1964, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. (Today, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan boasts the longest span at over 6,500 feet.) Do you know how it got its name?
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