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WHEN … THE MOST FAMOUS BRIDGE IN THE WORLD ALMOST WASN’T BUILT?

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By DEAN LATOURRETTE

t was the project they said was impossible: building a suspension bridge to connect San Francisco to its neighbors to the north across the mile-wide Golden Gate Strait. Opened to the public in May of 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge recently celebrated its 80th birthday. But building the iconic structure that is hailed as one of the world’s civil engineering wonders almost didn’t happen. Numerous experts proclaimed that a bridge couldn’t be built across the strait due to unruly winds, strong currents, deep water, and blinding fog, among other issues.

Santa Cruz's Noah Wegrich enjoys the famous Fort Point break beneath the bridge. PHOTO: @CHACHFILES

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Santa Cruz Waves Oct/Nov 2017 Issue 4.3  
Santa Cruz Waves Oct/Nov 2017 Issue 4.3  
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