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Golden Gate Bridge – 75

Golden Gate Bridge – 75

May 28, 2012

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the modern Wonders of the World. At a cost of over $35 million, its construction took slightly over 4 years. Construction began on January 5, 1933, and was completed in April 1937. Halfway to Hell Club Eleven men were killed from falls during construction. Nineteen others...

Brooklyn Bridge Opens

Brooklyn Bridge Opens

May 24, 2012

Bridge Opens The Brooklyn Bridge first opened for traffic on May 24, 1883 after 14 years of construction. Hailed ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world for twenty years. The Bridge was designed by John Augustus Roebling, a German immigrant. Construction Challenges While surveying the project, Roebling had...