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Today (May 27) is the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Anniversary - What Do We Know About the History of Kansas Bridges?
The Golden Gate Bridge is 75 years old today - what do people know about the history of Kansas bridges?
This is the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Perhaps no other single architectural event, with the exception of perhaps the Empire State Building, is so well known around the world when people think of America.
I've gone over the Golden Gate Bridge countless times since I've been here. It never ceases to amaze me.
Here are photographs and two videos of today's events:
But I also wonder about Kansas bridges.
Here is a view from Mulvane, of the bridge which Larry and Barbara built.
I am sure that the Journal-World carried an article about this bridge in Kansas, but if they did, I can't find it today.
The San Francisco Chronicle did, however, carry a special article today about Kansas' Golden Gate Bridge. It is a fascinating story. "At about 2:30 in the morning, I woke up [in the airplane] and saw a tower. I said, Wow, that's the Golden Gate Bridge. If I'd known we were crossing, I'd have stayed awake." From there, he went on to Vietnam.
When he came back to Kansas, he decided to build a small version - Kansas' Golden Gate Bridge - on his land in Mulvane.
Here are some photos of that bridge:
Perhaps, for the 75th year celebration, he might find some special way to decorate his Kansas version of the Golden Gate Bridge. It could be pictures taken by students from schools throughout Kansas, of bridges near where they live, or oral histories of each bridge - but I'll leave it up to him and his wife to see what they can discover.
Surely people remember when these bridges were built throughout the state, and maybe there is a special story about each bridge. For example, my father, when he was young, stepped on quicksand (this was Western Kansas) and he almost didn't recover. There was no bridge over the river at that time.
I'm looking forward to finding out what some of those stories might be.
This would be a good project for schools and for oral history groups next year.
But meanwhile, I'll leave you with an article and some great photos of today's event.
First, incredible pictures of the bridge under construction:
And then-today's events:
Be sure to look at the photographs and videos. The words are by one of San Francisco's great writers, now passed away, but never forgotten.