Tag Archives: San Francisco Bay

this day in the yesteryear: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Opens to Traffic (1936)


 

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

 

English: San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge at night
English: San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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… Discuss

Just a thought:  More than a bridge between places, any bridge starts in the human need to be connected, in touch in the easiest way, and for all reasons, starting and possibly ending with the spiritual!  – George-B

 

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ALCATRAZ CLOSES (1963)


Alcatraz Closes (1963)

Alcatraz, a rocky island in western California‘s San Francisco Bay, served as a federal prison housing the country’s most dangerous criminals from 1934 to 1963. It became a National Recreation Area in 1972, and by the mid-1990s, it was attracting almost a million visitors a year. Nicknamed “The Rock,” Alcatraz was a symbol of the impregnable maximum security fortress prison. During its 29 years of operation, 34 prisoners attempted escapes, but only three may have succeeded. Who were they? More… Discuss

 

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