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Detail of the Golden Gate Bridge
Construction of the bridge was dangerous and demanding; the construction crew was very proud of their work on the bridge

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

To combat the dangerous working conditions, bridge designer Joseph Strauss introduced the hard hat and a safety net that stretched end to end under the bridge. Nineteen workers fell. Saved by that net, they called themselves the Half-Way-to-Hell Club.

In May 1987, to celebrate the bridge's 50th anniversary, some 300,000 people reenacted "Pedestrian Day '37" with an event dubbed "Bridgewalk '87." Two years later, the gracefully suspended bridge withstood a 7.1 magnitude earthquake without incident. The Golden Gate is a wonder to see in person. Have you ever walked the bridge? Ask relatives and friends if they have.

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