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.
Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
Though first seen only as an expensive luxury, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone soon transformed American life and became a necessity.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
When two passenger ships collide off Nantucket in 1909, 1,500 people rely on 26-year-old Jack Binns to operate a new technology - wireless telegraphy - to save them all.
While the U.N. debated strategies for control of atomic energy, the U.S. Navy was preparing for nuclear tests on Bikini Island.
A personal story of one family's dramatic effort to hold onto their family farm in Iowa as massive foreclosures sweep the nation in the 1990s.
They were the first to brave the unknown.