FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2023-3 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 5, 2023) – In this edition of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate 90 years since bridging the gap over the Strait of Golden Gate.            

INTERNATIONAL ORANGE by SHERWIN WILLIAMS

Construction began 90 years ago today – January 5, 1933 – on the Golden Gate Bridge. 

When completed 4 years later, the 1.7 mile structure set world records for the longest bridge span, the tallest towers, and the longest distance between supports.

The bridge’s burnt red hue was originally intended only as a primer; it was to be painted blue and yellow for more visibility.  But the architect liked the color, declared it highly visible, and the color known as “international orange” became an iconic part of the work.

Connecting San Francisco to Marin County, the bridge got its name from the body of water below it – the Golden Gate Strait, which is the entrance to San Francisco Bay.

This 1911 McNally map of San Francisco is yet to show the path of the Bridge.

San Francisco from 1911 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.