Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary
Did you know?
Although the idea of a bridge spanning the Golden Gate was not new, the proposal that eventually took hold was made in a 1916 San Francisco Bulletin article by former engineering student James Wilkins.San Francisco's City Engineer estimated the cost at $100 million, impractical for the time, and fielded the question to bridge engineers of whether it could be built for less. One who responded, Joseph Strauss, was an ambitious but dreamy engineer and poet who had, for his graduate thesis, designed a 55-mile (89 km) long railroad bridge across the Bering Strait, At the time, Strauss had completed some 400 drawbridges—most of which were inland—and nothing on the scale of the new project. Strauss's initial drawings were for a massive cantilever on each side of the strait, connected by a central suspension segment, which Strauss promised could be built for $17 million.
How are you going to celebrate?
Share your Bridge painting, drawing, or other artistic masterpiece
Take a picture of you or your friends holding a “Happy Birthday Golden Gate
Bridge!” sign at your favorite local bridge—a drawbridge, a footbridge, or any bridge at all—and share it with GGB
Concoct a Golden Gate Bridge 75th cocktail and send us the recipe
Take a photo from the Bridge on your 2012 birthday and share it
Post a video of your best impersonation of a foghorn
Snap a quick pic when you see the Golden Gate Transit’s 75th Anniversary Bus, adorned with a Bridge image by Marin artist George Sumner
Bake a birthday cake in the shape of the Bridge and share the photos
Host a Golden Gate Bridge movie night (a quick Web search turns up lots of films!); debate the greatest movie scenes that feature the Bridge
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
As the best hotel in San Francisco’s #1 destination, the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf and Red and White Fleet are teaming up to offer the city’s only Golden Gate Bridge Package, in celebration of the iconic bridge’s 75th Anniversary.
This unique, one-of-a-kind Golden Gate Bridge Package offers accommodations for one night at the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf and full American breakfast for two at the hotel along with two passes for Red and White Fleet’s new Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise. Available from March 29 through November 3, 2012, rates for this package start at only $219. This value is a savings of at least $74.
In celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge’s 2012 anniversary and the Bay Bridge’s 2011 75th anniversary, Red and White Fleet features a unique cruise that sails under both of the landmark bridges. The 1½ hour Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise loops passed the city’s entire bay waterfront and features San Francisco’s illustrious pastimes, unique architecture, natural history and Native American culture on exclusive headphone audio available in 12 language choices. Located just a short three-block walk from the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf, Red and White Fleet’s Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise will depart from Pier 43½ at the following times:
SPRING 2012 (Mar 29–May 22): Daily @ 12:30pm and 2:15pm
SUMMER 2012 (May 23–Sep 3): Daily @ 12:30pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm & 5:30pm
FALL 2012 (Sep 4-Nov 3): Daily @ 12:30noon and 2:15pm
Reservations and Information
Although the Golden Gate Bridge Package is available from March 29 through November 3, 2012, the offer is based on availability. Rates will vary according to dates of reservations. For reservations and additional information, visit http:fishermanswharf.hyatt.com or call (415) 563-1234 or toll free (800) 233-1234 and click on: http://www.fishermanswharf.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/offers/details.jsp?offerId=44473374&isBookable=true