jfitzpatrick at April 18th, 2014 13:40 — #1
nsdcars5 at April 18th, 2014 13:56 — #2
You know, the name of the bridge gives it away a bit, even if it wasn't meant to be that way.
steveneuler at April 19th, 2014 14:09 — #3
"Golden Gate" refers to "Golden Gate Strait" which is the entry to the San Francisco Bay Golden Gate does not strictly speaking refer to the Bridge but to the strait. John Fremont on July 1, 1846 called it "The Golden Gate" as an allusion to Byzantium--called "The Golden Horn." The color is an orange vermillon. When you look at the bridge from land, the color makes a sharp contrast with the blue of the sky, or the white clouds of the sky, or the white fog enveloping the bridge; the color is also a contrast to the blue ocean and the Green hills of Marin Headlands. The design is very similar to the ill-fated Tacoma Narrows Bridge that collapsed within months after complettion due to insufficient cross supports; The Golden Gate Bridge was braced shortly after the Tacoma Bridge catastrophe and in recent years, addictional supports have been made to prevent a similar catastrophe. (Collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was due to something called 'aeroelastic flutter' which means the bridge, which will have a natural tendency to sway with the wind but it will not return to stability.") [Yes, Wikipedia is your friend.]
jfitzpatrick at April 28th, 2014 13:40 — #4
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