It is possible
to bridge San Francisco Bay at various points. But at only one point can
such an enterprise be of universal advantage -- at the water gap, the Golden
Gate, giving a continuous dry-shod passage around the entire circuit of
our inland sea.
When it opened, the Golden Gate
Bridge was lauded as having the longest single clear span in the world.
At four-fifths of a mile it was three times longer than the Brooklyn Bridge
and 700 feet longer than the newly opened George Washington Bridge. The
4,200-foot center span is sandwiched between two side spans of 1,125 feet.
The bridge is 90 feet wide. The towers are 121 feet wide at the bottom
and rise to a height of 750 feet above the swirling waters of San Francisco
-- James Wilkins
San Francisco Bulletin, 1916.
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