Of America

Golden Gate Bridge

At one time, this suspension bridge in San Francisco was the longest in the world, but now it is far from the record holders, because it was built in 1937.

However, the Golden Gate still looks very respectable and slender, being a recognized hallmark of the city, showing off on postcards and photos.


Before the bridge was built, the only short route between San Francisco and present-day Marin County was a boat trip across the San Francisco Bay Area. Ferry service began as early as 1820, and it became regular in the 1840s in order to transport water to San Francisco [1].

In 1867, the Sausalito Land and Ferry Company established a special service that eventually developed into the Golden Gate Ferry Company, a subsidiary of Southern Pacific Railroad. By the late 1920s, the Golden Gate Ferry Company was the largest firm in terms of the number of ferry operations [1] [2]. Car ferries have become a very profitable and important factor for the economy of the region [3].

The ferry service between Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco and Sausalito in Marin County took approximately 20 minutes and cost $ 1 per vehicle, which was subsequently reduced to compete with the new bridge. [4] The journey from San Francisco Ferry Port took 27 minutes.