December 8, 2021

FROM THE ARCHIVE: 300,000 walked Golden Gate Bridge at the same time for 50th anniversary celebration in 1987, CHP says

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A marching band, a lady on a pogo stick, “chicken feet” and a barely dressed man. They have been amongst the 300,000 individuals (an estimate based on the California Freeway Patrol) that stood on the Golden Gate Bridge’s roadway at the same time throughout its 50th anniversary celebration on Might 24, 1987.

For 4 hours, people from all walks of life have been operating, skating, biking (and naturally, strolling) by means of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The CHP says 800,000 individuals might have stepped onto it.

“We got over there, and it was so packed. So many bicycles. Everyone is having a good time,” one lady shared.

“The problem is really pretty simple. These people all want to go north. These people want to go south. And as a result, it’s an absolute human impasse mid-span on the Golden Gate Bridge,” stated retired ABC7 Information reporter Paul Jeschke.

Hundreds of individuals drive by means of the bridge on a regular basis, particularly since issues are “back to normal,” traffic-wise amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drivers, walkers, runners and bicyclists embark on the view of the San Francisco Bay from the suspension bridge on a regular basis. (And staring at the landmark from the San Francisco and Marin facet ain’t too shabby, both). The Golden Gate Bridge is visited by 1000’s of vacationers from throughout the world yearly.

It is the 1.7 mile lengthy pathway between San Francisco and Marin County.

Joseph B. Strauss was the chief engineer that led the crew of people that constructed the Golden Gate Bridge. Development started on January 5, 1933 and was accomplished on April 19, 1937, based on the Golden Gate Bridge Freeway and Transportation District. A month later, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public on Might 28, 1937. Strauss handed away in 1938.

Strauss’ legacy continued to stay on 5 many years later in 1987. And it is nonetheless shining gold in 2021.

On this version of “From The Archive,” here’s a look again at the Golden Gate Bridge’s 50th anniversary celebration in Might 1987.

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