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1937 - May 27 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic.


1937 - May 27 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic.

The next day, with a push of a telegraph button, President Franklin Roosevelt opened the bridge to cars, too.

The area known as the Golden Gate is the channel formed where the mouth of the San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. People used the name Golden Gate as early as 1846, even before the gold rush and long before the bridge. Explorer John C. Frémont was possibly the first to call the rocky straits the "Golden Gate."


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