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Golden Gate Bridge 50th Anniversary - 1987 by Nathan Wong

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Taken by
Nathan Wong Nathan Wong
Explore score
0.15 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 24, 2009
Date taken
Jun 23, 2009

In 1987 the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco turned 50 years old.

The Golden Gate Bridge was closed to traffic in the morning so pedestrians would have a chance to stroll across the bridge as they did 50 years before when the bridge first opened to the public. What ended up happening was an unexpected amount of people showing up. No strolling took place. This panorama was taken to show the vast amount of people that showed up that morning.

Note, if you look at the areas in front of the first tower you'll notice the bridge is pretty level. This isn't normal. The road usually bows upward, but the weight of the people on the bridge caused the road to flatten out. Nobody was in danger as the bridge wasn't about to collapse.

This panorama was obviously taken before digital cameras and way before Gigapan was a glimmer in the eyes of NASA. Unfortunately I used a slow shutter speed (1/125) on my Nikon FE (50mm lens) to capture the people as they moved along, hence the blurry faces. However, the picture definitely shows the chaos and the massive crowd that came to celebrate.

Needless to say I don't think they'll be doing this in 2012 when the bridge hits its 75th anniversary.

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