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California Historical Landmark 974
Golden Gate Bridge
California Highway 1
Opened 1937

California Landmark 974: Golden Gate Bridge
Queen Mary 2 Enters San Francisco Bay
Photographed from SS Jeremiah O'Brien
4 February 2007

Golden Gate Bridge and Lady Washington
The Brig Lady Washington in San Francisco Bay
Photographed from the Topsail Ketch Hawaiian Chieftain
4 March 2007

California Landmark 974: Golden Gate Bridge
The Americas Cup
10 September 2013
(Click Photos to Zoom)

Golden Gate Bridge

Construction of the bridge started in 1933. Engineer Joseph Strauss and architect Irving Morrow created an extraordinarily beautiful bridge in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. The designs for the Golden Gate Bridge showed the greatest attention to artistic detail, especially on the two streamlined moderne towers. The bridge's 4,200 feet of clear span (from tower to tower) was the longest in the world until 1959. On April 19, 1937, the bridge was completed and the official dedication took place on May 27.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

The name Golden Gate preceded the building of the bridge by almost a century. It even preceded the Gold Rush by two years.

Was ever a place so prophetically named?

In 1846, US Army Captain John C. Frémont, together with a contingent of his men, rowed from Sausalito to Castillo De San Joaquín, a course which took them across the strait connecting the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific. Captain Frémont named the strait Chrysopylae1 "on the same principle that the harbor of Byzantium was called Chrysoceras2."

Just imagine. There was a time not too long ago when a captain in the United States Army was intellectually equipped to coin names in classical Greek.

1. Golden Gate
2. Golden Horn

We were unable to locate a Califonia commmeorative plaque for the Golden Gate Bridge.

Some Missing California Plaques

When we visited the following sites, we were unable to locate a California commemorative plaque.

At some sites, it appeared that a California plaque had never been erected. At other sites, there was a base, but the plaque itself was missing. Some sites without California plaques had other historic markers, but they did not note that the site is a California Historical Landmark.

Adams and Company Building, Sacramento
Bear Valley, Mariposa County
Big Bar, Amador and Calaveras Counties
Birthplace of Freemasonry in California , San Francisco
Booth Home Site, Sacramento

Brown Home, Red Bluff
Bloody Point, Modoc County
Bonner Grade, Modoc County
Brannan House, Sacramento
Butte Store, Amador County

California Star Newspaper Site, San Francisco
Camino of Rancho San Antonio, Oakland
Chevra Kaddisha Cemetery, Sacramento
China Slough Site, Sacramento
Condemned Bar, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Crabtree (Lotta) Home, Grass Valley
Crocker Gallery, Sacramento
Croll Building, Oakland
Donner Monument, Truckee
Douglas Flat, Calaveras County

Eagle Theatre, Sacramento
Ebbetts Pass, Alpine County
Ebner's Hotel, Sacramento
Evans and Bailey Fight, Modoc County
Fort Janesville, Lassen County

Frémont's Camp, Modoc County
Frog Woman Rock, Mendocino County
Giant Powder Company Site, San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco and Marin Counties
Grange Hall Site, El Dorado County

Hornitos, Mariposa County
Irishtown, Amador County
Jackson Gate, Amador County
Kirkwood's, Amador County
Lady Adams Building, Sacramento

Laurel Hill Cemetery Site, San Francisco
Long Wharf Site, San Francisco
Maiden's Grave, El Dorado National Forest
Marklee's Cabin Site, Markleeville
Marshall's Blacksmith Shop, Kelsey

Methodist Episcopal Church, Placerville
Mills Bank Building, Sacramento
Montez (Lola) Home, Grass Valley
Montgomery Hill, San Jose
Negro Hill, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Old Emigrant Trail, Modoc National Forest
Orleans Hotel Site, Sacramento
Overton Building, Sacramento
Parrott Block Site, San Francisco
Peralta Hacienda, Oakland

Pioneer Hall, Jackson
Plymouth Trading Post, Plymouth
Pony Express Remount Station, Woodfords
Portolá Camp October 24-26, 1769), San Gregorio State Beach
Portolá Camp October 28-29, 1769), Half Moon Bay

Rincon Hill, San Francisco
Sacramento Bee Building, Sacramento
Sacramento Union Site, Sacramento
Sailing Launch Comet, Lathrop
Salmon Falls, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

San Joaquin City Site, Tracy
Smartsville, Yuba County
Stage Coach and Railroad, Sacramento
Stone Corral, Calaveras County
Studebaker's Shop, Placerville

Sutter Creek, Amador County
Telegraph Hill, San Francisco
Transcontinental Railroad, Lathrop
Willms Ranch, Knights Ferry
Valley Springs, Calaveras County

Western Hotel, Sacramento

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