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Throwback Thursday: Golden Gate Bridge north tower emerges

Golden Gate Bridge north tower

Which Golden Gate Bridge tower went up first? A photo found in the MTC archives provides the answer.

A photo dated June 1934 shows the bridge's north tower going up and near completion. The north tower was considered the easier of the two to build because of its proximity to land.

The photo also reveals a labyrinth of roads on the Marin side that were used by trucks and crews to bring materials to the build site.

The work was not for the faint of heart, as some of the bridge was assembled more than 700 feet above the water.

 “When we went to work, we got in the Marin tower elevator,” said bridge worker Fred Divita in a 1987 interview that is part of the book, “Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers’ Oral History.” “The wind was blowing, the fog was coming in and everything was dripping wet.”

The span opened in May 1937.

 

   

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