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Golden Gate Bridge


The Golden Gate Bridge in California spans the entrance from the Pacific Ocean into San Francisco Bay, connecting San Francisco to Marin County.

When it was first completed in 1937, it was for a time the largest suspension bridge in the world. While this is no longer the case, it nevertheless remains an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco, and has featured prominently in many movies and films.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California


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Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers' Oral History

By Schwartz

Univ of Washington Pr
Paperback (195 pages)

Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers  Oral History
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Moving beyond the familiar accounts of politics and the achievements of celebrity engineers and designers, Building the Golden Gate Bridge is the first book to primarily feature the voices of the workers themselves. This is the story of survivors who vividly recall the hardships, hazards, and victories of constructing the landmark span during the Great Depression.

Labor historian Harvey Schwartz has compiled oral histories of nine workers who helped build the celebrated bridge. Their powerful recollections chronicle the technical details of construction, the grueling physical conditions they endured, the small pleasures they enjoyed, and the gruesome accidents some workers suffered. The result is an evocation of working-class life and culture in a bygone era.

Most of the bridge builders were men of European descent, many of them the sons of immigrants. Schwartz also interviewed women: two nurses who cared for the injured and tolerated their antics, the wife of one 1930s builder, and an African American ironworker who toiled on the bridge in later years. These powerful stories are accompanied by stunning photographs of the bridge under construction.

An homage to both the American worker and the quintessential San Francisco landmark, Building the Golden Gate Bridge expands our understanding of Depression-era labor and California history and makes a unique contribution to the literature of this iconic span.

Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon

By Donald MacDonald

Chronicle Books
Hardcover (128 pages)

Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon
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Nine million people visit the Golden Gate Bridge each year, yet how many know why it's painted that stunning shade of"international orange"? Or that ancient Mayan and Art Deco buildings influenced the design? Current bridge architectDonald MacDonald answers these questions and others in a friendly, informative look at the bridge's engineering and 70-year history. This accessible account is accompanied by 70 of MacDonald's own charming color illustrations, making it easy to understand how the bridge was designed and constructed. A fascinating study for those interested in architecture, design, or anyone with a soft spot for San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge is a fitting tribute to this timeless icon.

The Golden Gate Bridge (Lightning Bolt Books)

By Jeffrey Zuehlke

Zuehlke, Jeffrey
Paperback (32 pages)

The Golden Gate Bridge (Lightning Bolt Books)
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The Golden Gate Bridge is an important structure in San Francisco, California. Before this bridge was built, people had to take a ferry across the dangerous stretch of water to get to Marin County. Now they simply drive across. Just how long is the Golden Gate Bridge? And how did workers build this orange structure? Read this book to find out! Learn about many remarkable sites in the Famous Places series - part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life.

The Gate: The True Story of the Design and Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge

By John van der Zee

Brand: Backinprint.com
Blue Paperback (388 pages)

The Gate: The True Story of the Design and Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge
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The Gate is an absorbing panoramic account of the building of one of the world's most beautiful and famous landmarks. In a narrative richly laden with detail and the flavor of the period, John van der Zee reveals for the first time the complete history of the longest single-span suspension bridge of its time-including the identity of the man who actually designed it, which has been obscured since its completion in 1937.With novelistic flair, van der Zee recounts an exciting drama of human greed, ambition, frailty, courage, and intellectual achievement."It is among the top books on California I have ever read."-Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California and author of Americans and the California Dream"A case study of personal and technological adventure bordering on hubris...The engineers in this bok come alive as people, with all the faults and foibles associated iwth the human species. A fascinating work that shows that the best of cutting-edge engineering is much, much more than science and technology."-Henri Petroski, Nature

Historic Photos of the Golden Gate Bridge

By Anne Merritt

Turner
Hardcover (205 pages)

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The Golden Gate Bridge is a marvel of engineering and architecture considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful bridges, its picturesque vistas favored by photographers, artists, visitors to San Francisco, and almost everyone else. When naysayers said it couldn’t be built, Joseph Strauss and a team of visionaries spun 80,000 miles of wire and riveted nearly 900,000 tons of steel into gossamer wings, spanning for the first time an immense gulf and linking the Pacific coast. In black-and-white photography, Historic Photos of the Golden Gate Bridge details the history of the bridge from its design and construction to recent times. Nearly 200 rarely seen images offer a compelling look at the bridge, from the days when the treacherous currents of the Golden Gate could be crossed only by boat to the rise of the bridge as a national landmark. This book is sure to delight both those who dream of the impossible and those who live to make it happen.

Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair

By Kevin Briggs

Ascend Books LLC
Hardcover (304 pages)

Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair
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The wind was gusting around the Golden Gate Bridge on a March afternoon in 2005 when a 22-year-old man climbed the railing, convinced he and this world would be better without each other. He put himself on a thin beam 220 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The man had just lost his job and felt overwhelmed as a new father. Kevin Berthia wanted to die, and he had come to the world's most effective suicide destination to make that happen. That's when he met a highway patrolman, a former Army soldier and San Quentin State Prison guard named Kevin Briggs. 'I know you must be in tremendous pain,' Briggs said over the railing. 'If you want to talk, I m here to listen.' The next 90 minutes saved Berthia's life. 'I opened up about stuff I d never dealt with before,' he recalls. 'Kevin gave me a reason to try again.' Berthia is one of hundreds of Americans to come within inches of ending their lives with a jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, only to meet Briggs and decide to give life another chance. Out of those hundreds who have talked with Briggs on the bridge, only two have jumped. As he told the San Francisco Chronicle, 'I've talked to people from ten minutes to seven hours. I very much despise losing. I do whatever I can to get that person back over the rail. I play to win.' Before his days at the Golden Gate, Briggs spent three years in the Army before being discharged after a cancer diagnosis. He beat cancer and then entered law enforcement as a correctional officer. He was Charles Manson's prison guard, among others, at San Quentin. His own personal story includes heart issues and dealing with divorce and depression in his family. The bulk of Briggs career was with the California State Highway Patrol, including more than two decades with the Marin County office. There, he worked predominately on the Golden Gate Bridge, which every month produces four to six suicidal subjects, multiple traffic collisions, and dozens of other law enforcement calls. After 9-11, security was heightened even more. Briggs had no training with suicide prevention or mental illness before taking the job but has since become such a respected expert that he's helped train the FBI and several major corporations. He's been called 'a true American hero' by Robert Gebbia, director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and is among the country's most active speakers in promoting crisis management, leadership skills, and suicide intervention and prevention worldwide. His TED Talk has been viewed well over a million times. More Americans die of suicide than homicide every year. Nine percent of Americans are dealing with depression at any particular time, many of them with major depression that can last a lifetime. Depression is the leading cause of disability for Americans age 15 to 44. These are underappreciated problems in the United States, at least in part, because they're usually hidden and often come with a stigma of shame. In Guardian of the Golden Gate, Briggs shares his experiences with the help of people who credit their lives to him. His inspiring story will help shine a light on a killer that lurks in the darkness and show readers signs to look for and the value of hope. You will gain insight into this steadfast hero that will allow you to see why he's known as the Golden Gate's guardian. Kevin Briggs aims to promote mental illness awareness and ultimately break the stigmas associated with it. By reading this book, you join him in that pursuit. Suicide is preventable. There is hope. There is help.

The Golden Gate Bridge: The History of San Francisco’s Most Famous Bridge

By Charles River Editors

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (48 pages)

The Golden Gate Bridge: The History of San Francisco’s Most Famous Bridge
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*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the bridge's construction written by workers and the chief engineer *Includes a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents "To this Gate I give the name of 'Chrysopylae,' or Golden Gate, for the same reason that the harbor of Byzantium was called 'Chrysoceras,' or Golden Horn." - Captain John C. Fremont, 1846 "[A] perpetual monument that will make this city's name ring around the world and renew the magical fame which the Golden Gate enjoyed in the days of '49." - S.F. Examiner editorial, March 24, 1925 San Francisco has countless landmarks and tourist spots, but few are associated with the city as the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the modern world’s engineering marvels. The giant suspension bridge spans the San Francisco Bay, with a length of over 1.5 miles, a height of nearly 750 feet, and a width of around 100 feet. While it is a beautiful and instantly recognizable landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge was also a very practical one born of necessity. After the California Gold Rush helped turn San Francisco into a destination site, connecting people on both sides of the beautiful Golden Gate Strait became vitally important. There was a consistent ferry service in the area, but the advent of automobiles made a bridge even more imperative. At the same time, no one in the world had ever successfully built a bridge as long as this one would be, and indeed, no one else would for another three decades after the Golden Gate Bridge opened. Given its size, it should come as little surprise that the Golden Gate Bridge was one of the most ambitious and expensive projects of its age. Indeed, it would take nearly 20 years from the time the bridge was proposed to its grand opening, and it cost hundreds of millions of dollars (the equivalent of several billion today). When it finally opened in 1937, Joseph Strauss, the man most responsible for the bridge, remarked, "This bridge needs neither praise, eulogy nor encomium. It speaks for itself. We who have labored long are grateful. What Nature rent asunder long ago, man has joined today." The Golden Gate Bridge: The History of San Francisco's Most Famous Bridge chronicles the story of how one of America’s most famous bridges was built. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Golden Gate Bridge like never before, in no time at all.

Spud Jr. Saves the Golden Gate Bridge

By Erin Santana

Mascot Books
Hardcover (38 pages)

Spud Jr. Saves the Golden Gate Bridge
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The San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge is in trouble, but small Spud Jr. isnt sure he can make a difference. Everyone has a role when it comes to teamwork, but will Spud Jr. learn his?

The Ghost of the Golden Gate Bridge (24) (Real Kids Real Places)

By Carole Marsh

Gallopade International
Paperback (160 pages)

The Ghost of the Golden Gate Bridge (24) (Real Kids Real Places)
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What is planned as a pleasure trip to the city by the bay (San Francisco), turns out to be a topsy-turvy mystery with new friends helter-skelter through Chinatown, Lombardy, and even Alcatraz Prison one dark, foggy night.

LOOK what's in this mystery - people, places, history, and more!

Like all of Carole Marsh Mysteries, this mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that will keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, built-in book club and activities.

Below is the Reading Levels Guide for this book:
Grade Levels: 3-6
Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 4.6
Accelerated Reader Points: 2
Accelerated Reader Quiz Number: 126330
Lexile Measure: 700
Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Q
Developmental Assessment Level: 40

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Pop's Bridge

By Eve Bunting

HMH Books for Young Readers
Released: 2006-05-01
Hardcover (32 pages)

Pop s Bridge
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The Golden Gate Bridge. The impossible bridge, some call it. They say it can't be built.

But Robert's father is building it. He's a skywalker--a brave, high-climbing ironworker. Robert is convinced his pop has the most important job on the crew . . . until a frightening event makes him see that it takes an entire team to accomplish the impossible.

When it was completed in 1937, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was hailed as an international marvel. Eve Bunting's riveting story salutes the ingenuity and courage of every person who helped raise this majestic American icon.
Includes an author's note about the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.


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