Golden Gate Bridge 75th AnniversaryJune 5th, 2012 by Erica
We just celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge which sits just to the south of our office. It is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean linking the city of San Francisco to Sausalito, our home base. Here’s our team last year training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon.
It is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California and the United States. It has been declared one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The bridge was originally painted with red lead primer and a lead-based topcoat, which was touched up as required. In the mid-1960s, a program was started to improve corrosion protection by stripping the original paint and repainting the bridge with zinc silicate primer and vinyl topcoats. Since 1990 acrylic topcoats have been used instead for air-quality reasons. It is now maintained by 38 painters who touch up the paintwork continuously. The color of the bridge is officially an orange vermillion called international orange. The color was selected because it complements the natural surroundings and enhances the bridge’s visibility in fog, which is far too prevalent here in the summer.
Check out this awesome video of the fireworks display to celebrate its 75th birthday!
We also have a local friend and fan of Somersaults, Randy Berner, that won the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Photo Contest held by the Bay Area Discovery Museum… How gorgeous is that!
Do you know where this was taken?