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    The Golden Gate Bridge In Photos, From 1937 To 2012

    May 27th, 2012 marked the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. In celebration, this is a collection featuring one photo from every year the bridge has been open.

    Built to provide a practical route between Marin County and San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge cost $35 million dollars to build and took over four years, with construction beginning in 1933, and the planning for it going back long before that. Since opening, the bridge has become one of the most iconic symbols of San Francisco, and stood as the world's longest suspension bridge until 1964, when the Verrazano-Narrows bridge was completed in New York City. Contrary to popular belief, the bridge is not painted end-to-end each year, and only requires touch-up work. This, however, does require ongoing maintenance, and is currently staffed by 28 painters, as well as iron workers and other crew members that are essential to this task.

    Over the years, the bridge itself hasn't changed much, but the world around it certainly has. Nonetheless, the bridge continues to be a symbol of pride and beauty for San Francisco and visitors alike.

    1. 1937

    2. 1938

    3. 1939

    4. 1940

    5. 1941

    6. 1942

    7. 1943

    8. 1944

    9. 1945

    10. 1946

    11. 1947

    12. 1948

    13. 1949

    14. 1950

    15. 1951

    16. 1952

    17. 1953

    18. 1954

    19. 1955

    20. 1956

    21. 1957

    22. 1958

    23. 1959

    24. 1960

    25. 1961

    26. 1962

    27. 1963

    28. 1964

    29. 1965

    30. 1966

    31. 1967

    32. 1968

    33. 1969

    34. 1970

    35. 1971

    36. 1972

    37. 1973

    38. 1974

    39. 1975

    40. 1976

    41. 1977

    42. 1978

    43. 1979

    44. 1980

    45. 1981

    46. 1982

    47. 1983

    48. 1984

    49. 1985

    50. 1986

    51. 1987

    52. 1988

    53. 1989

    54. 1990

    55. 1991

    56. 1992

    57. 1993

    58. 1994

    59. 1995

    60. 1996

    61. 1997

    62. 1998

    63. 1999

    64. 2000

    65. 2001

    66. 2002

    67. 2003

    68. 2004

    69. 2005

    70. 2006

    71. 2007

    72. 2008

    73. 2009

    74. 2010

    75. 2011

    76. 2012

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    Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in 1946

    Bridge, you are magnificent.