Getting Ready To Celebrate The Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Next May 27th is the 75th anniversary of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and people are gearing up to celebrate.

Spokeswoman Mary Currie said there will be a 3,500-square-foot pavilion on the southeast side of the bridge that will have lots of information about the 1.2-mile long suspension span.

“We don’t have a lot of interpretation going on here at the Golden Gate Bridge in terms of educating people about the engineering and science of the bridge,” she said. “So it will be an opportunity to have a gateway, a welcoming location, and a place for information.”

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

San Francisco Giants President Larry Baer, a celebration co-chair, has many fond memories of the bridge.

“In high school, if I was stressed out over a chemistry test or a girlfriend or something, I would go and take a look at the bridge with the dogs, and it would be a bit of a relief to me just to see the bridge,” he said.

Bridge officials are now seeking donors to foot the bill for the commemoration of the beloved landmark.

Unlike the 50th celebration, there will be no traffic closure as there was when about 800,000 people walked across the bridge.

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  1. Roger Craig says:

    Hope they realize they need to watch what they spend…..

  2. FLF says:

    Will Nasty Pee-lousey be there? Maybe someone can help her over the side-

  3. Clarence says:

    Does anyone, who was alive in the 1960’s remember a 30-minutes television special on the building of the Golden Gate Bridge (in black and white, of course), where they showed the spinning of the cables, and talked about “the Half Way To Hell Club” (those men who fell during construction, but wwere saved by a safety net), and during most of the show, the was a music track of a banjo playing in the background, in a “minor key” (and sometime words were sung like: “Back in the Summer of ’33 / Out There In The Open Sea / (dont remember the next few words) / But The battle Of The Bridge Just Had To Be Woon / So Build Yourself A Golden Span / Bridge Building Man”) ????? Does any TV station or historical society have this file still???? It was a great 30 minute show (probably 20-23 minutes without commercials in it). I long to see that file again ….. and I think it would be a great piece of historical file for everyone to see ….. even if you have to purchase seperate copies. Anyone who know, please post a comment. Thanks !!! Clarence

    1. Sundance says:

      They show the film at Ft. Point.

  4. Charles Christian says:

    I sailed under it just after it was open in May 1937 on the SS Lurline to live two years in Honolulu. I was almost 5 and remember seeing a Panam Clipper fly low over us on it’s way to Honolulu when we were about 4 miles out. I was on the upper rear deck and watch the coastline and the bridge slowing disappear from view.

  5. DEBBIE PASSELL says:

    MY MOM WAS 17 NYEARS OLD AND WAS QUEEN OF SAN MATEO, SHE STOUND WITH TWENY OTHER QUEENS TO FORM A GATE AND HELD THAT HAND THAT BROKE TO OPEN THE BRIDGE FOR CARS AND PEOPLE TO CROSS. SHE IS STILL LIVING AND I HAVE MANY PICTURES OF HER AND HER CROWN SHE WORE ON THAT DAY. SHE NOW LIVES BY HOME IN DENVER, COLORADO AND IS 95 YEARS OLD. I WILL SHARE THIS WITH HER AND BRING OUT THE PHOTOS AND TELL HER HOW SHW WAS PART OF HISTORY. HER NAME IS JANICE CROWN HERRMANN. SHE HAS TWO DAUGHTERS, DEBBIE PASSELL , CHERYL SECREST DOYLE. AND MANY GRAND CHILDREN AND GREAT GRAND CHILDREN. I HAVE MANY PICTURE I WOULD LOVE TO SHARE OF THAT GREAT DAY. CONTACT ME AT (300) 300 42-71

  6. best brands says:

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  7. Bill Aragon says:

    I was born on May 28, 1937 the real and correct date the Golden Gate Bridge was opened. For years news accounts have been using the first day of “Fiesta Week” (5/27/’37 – 6/2/37) as the opening day, but it was not until the next day that the bridge was officially dedicated and all those military planes and ships crossed the area in celebration. The heavy chain that separated the two counties was cut in a ceremony on the bridge at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 28th. President Franklin Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in the White House at noon and the bridge was officially opened to the world.

  8. Bill Aragon says:

    THE OFFICIAL ANNIVERSARY DATE OF THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE SHOULD BE FIXED AS MAY 28, 1937. AT 10:30 A.M. ON THAT DAY A WELDING TORCH WAS USED TO CUT THE CHAIN THAT FINALLY OPENED THE SPAN AND ALLOWED TRAFFIC TO CROSS. ANY OTHER DATE IS ARBITRARY AND MEANINGLESS.

  9. Jane E. Peace says:

    I was born on May 27, 1937, in Stafford, Kansas the day this bridge was dedicated and is the date on the the copy of the engineered drawing I have hanging in my house.

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