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Golden Gate Bridge Facts for Kids

  • Name: Golden Gate Bridge
  • GPS Cordinates: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Address: 37°9'11"N 122°28'43"W
  • Building Type: Suspension Bridge
  • Built: Between January 5th, 1933 and May 27trh, 1937
  • Annual Visitors: 110,000 cars per day
  • Annual Revenue: $151.6 million (toll revenue, 2019)

27 Golden Gate Bridge Facts for Kids

  1. The Golden Gate Bridge is a steel suspension bridge located in the United States of America.
  2. The Golden Gate Bridge is in San Francisco, California and Marin County, California, USA.
  3. The Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco and Marin County over the Golden Gate strait.
  4. The Golden Gate Bridge was designed by four engineers.
  5. The four engineers that help design the Golden Gate Bridge were Joseph Strauss, Charles Ellis, Leon Solomon Moisseiff and Irving Morrow. Joseph Strauss was chief engineer.
  6. Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge started on January 5th, 1933 and was completed on April 19th, 1937.
  7. It cost $35 million to build the Golden Gate Bridge. In 2018 dollars that would be $514 million.
  8. The Golden Gate Bridge officially opened on May 27th, 1937.
  9. The complete length of the Golden Gate Bridge is 8,980 feet or about 1.7 miles.
  10. The longest supported span of the Golden Gate Bridge is 4,200 feet or about 0.79 miles.
  11. In 2020, the Golden Gate Bridge is the 17th longest suspension bridge in the world.
  12. The width of the Golden Gate Bridge is 90 feet.
  13. The height of the Golden Gate Bridge is 746 feet.
  14. In 2020, the Golden Gate Bridge is the 35th tallest bridge in the world.
  15. The height clearance for vehicles on the Golden Gate Bridge is 14 feet.
  16. The height clearance for boats underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at high tide is 220 feet.
  17. It’s estimated that around 110,000 vehicles travel across the Golden Gate Bridge each day.
  18. The Golden Gate Bridge generates revenue by charging tolls. A toll is a fee charged to cross the bridge.
  19. In 2014, the toll fee for the Golden Gate Bridge was between $4.00 and $7.00.
  20. In 2019, the toll fee for the Golden Gate Bridge was between $5.35 and $8.35.
  21. In 2019, the Golden Gate Bridge generated $151.6 million in toll fees.
  22. The Golden Gate Bridge was originally built to withstand wind speeds up to 68 miles per hour. A retrofit in 2019 allows the bridge to withstand winds up to 100 miles per hour.
  23. An object that weighs 125 pounds that is dropped from the deck will fall for four seconds and impact the water around 75 miles per hour.
  24. There are 38 painters on staff who continuously touch up paintwork on the Golden Gate Bridge.
  25. In 1987, the Golden Gate Bridge was designated a California Historical Landmark.
  26. In 1994, the Golden Gate Bridge was designated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  27. In 1999, the Golden Gate Bridge was designated a San Francisco Designated Landmark.

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