The Golden Gate Bridge Looked Even More Stunning Before It Had a Road

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The Golden Gate Bridge is almost certainly the world's most iconic bridge, and one of the country's most-photographed landmarks. But here, you see it in a state only a handful of people ever witnessed: reaching across the San Francisco Bay for the very first time.

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When this photo was taken from the San Francisco side on October 17th, 1935, the two giant suspension cables didn't yet support a roadway below them. You can see the bridge starting to take shape, but you've still got to use your imagination.

Those tiny specs on the bottom left corner are some workers standing on the newly completed catwalks built on top of the cables. Technically, the Golden Gate Strait had been crossed—but the bridge wouldn't open to traffic for another year-and-a-half. [Denver Post]

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This original rivet from the bridge sits in my office at work. I was lucky enough to have a cousin who worked on the bridge retrofit project where some rivets were removed and replaced with bolts. Looking at it makes me think about the people who risked their lives to build this amazing structure so long ago and the engineers that made everything fit together perfectly without any kind of computer to run the complex calculations. It's really amazing when you think about it.