Directed and Written by
Director of Photography
David Ogden Stiers
Original Score by
John van der Zee, Author, The Gate
Additional Photography by
Steady Cam Operator
Heart Punch Studio
Mary Anne Janke
Jim and Rhoda Morris
Michael John Foley
Archival Stills & Footage Provided by
American Society of Civil Engineers
Bancroft Library, University of California
Bank of America
Cincinnati Historical Society Library
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
Harvard Map Collection
The Jeppesen chart shown is copyrighted by Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc. 1940
Labor Archives and Research Center, SFSU
Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library
Marin History Museum
Mill Valley Public Library History Room
Purdue University, Purdue University Libraries
The Purdue Debris
San Francisco Department of Public Works
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
Sausalito Historical Society
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation, Fraternity Archives, Evanston, IL.
Eric DeLony Collection
Eleanor Morrow Mead
Catenary Video Productions
Historic Films Archive
Oddball Film + Video
John van der Zee
Walter L. Vestnys
Dr. James Alleman
Sgt. George Carrington
Margot Ammann Durrer
Richard Fishman & Art Deco Collection
Louise Nelson Dyble, Consultant
San Francisco Film, Video and Arts Commission
City of San Francisco
Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site
The Hamlin School
Historical Museum at St. Gertrude
National Park Service
Palace Hotel, San Francisco
Marketing and Publicity
James E. Dunford
A Bet Loeterman Productions, Inc film for
©2004 WGBH Educational Foundation
All rights reserved.
Begun during the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad employed 20,000 men, mostly immigrants, who built the iron road with their bare hands.
The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.
Though first seen only as an expensive luxury, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone soon transformed American life and became a necessity.
The grave truth behind modern forensics was discovered in 1920s New York.
The historic journey of Apollo 8 captivated the world in 1968 -- a bright spot in a year marked by political assassinations, race riots, and the Vietnam War.
Accounting for America's most famous inventor and his role in America's future.
The first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.
The remarkable story of how a railroad was built connecting California to the East.