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San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Opens to Traffic (1936) Options
Daemon
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San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Opens to Traffic (1936)

The "Bay Bridge" is a toll bridge linking the California cities of Oakland and San Francisco. About 280,000 vehicles cross it each day. San Francisco residents first recognized the need for a bridge spanning the San Francisco Bay during the Gold Rush when they found themselves cut off from the newly built railroad on the far side of the bay. However, construction of the span was delayed until 1933. Originally, the bridge was to be named after Governor James Rolph. What thwarted this plan? More...
L.Rai
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The answer to this question is:

...due to the opposition of Joseph R. Knowland, publisher of the Oakland Tribune at the time, recognition of Rolph was withheld.

Not sure why he opposed the idea of naming the bridge after the former governor..but he seemed to have the clout to do so. In SF it's just known as The Bay Bridge.
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Happy Birthday, Bay Bridge!!!
Your look fabulous for your age.
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I have only fleeting memories of walking across the bridge (mostly carried) with my father in 1941, just before he left for work on the Alcan highway project, as with poor eyesight and 2 children, and a heart murmur, the army would not take him; i.e. WWII. It was cold, windy but also, more then a little scary for a 3 year old. Been back 3 more times, 1955, 1984 & 1987, and it is beautiful and spectacular, and should not be missed by all that enjoy wonderful accomplishments that have occurred within this country; that is before the radical & very sick Republicans came into power....
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the center cement column has more cement than the whole empire state bldg.
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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:08:04 AM

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Actually, Frederic-frank Myers, if you were in San Francisco, you walked over the Golden Gate Bridge. The Bay Bridge doesn't allow pedestrians.
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And the traffic hasn't really moved much since...
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