Officially opened in May 27, 1937, San Francisco’s famous and mammoth landmark turns 75 this year. Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge isn’t actually painted gold? Well, you can forget that it’s orange in this gallery of gorgeous black and white photos from LIFE circa the ’50s.
We’ve all seen the Golden Gate Bridge—in movies, on postcards, or in person—and know that it isn’t really gold. The “==international orange==” steel suspension bridge gets its name for spanning the Golden State at 8,981 feet long, opening up the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean and linking the northern tip of the SanFo Peninsula to Marin County. The Frommers travel guide goes on to say that it is “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.”
“Much like its older, statelier limestone and granite cousin 3,000 miles to the east in Brooklyn, the Golden Gate Bridge seems to have always been there. It’s almost impossible, now, to imagine the lower East River or the Golden Gate itself without those visionary, boldly executed marvels. As anyone who has walked, ridden a bike or driven across the thrilling structure — or passed beneath it on a boat, through the intense, choppy, frigid waters — can attest, the Golden Gate Bridge is a grand, audacious, beautiful idea brought to life in concrete in steel. Long may it stand.
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