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.
The tale of oil-seeking mavericks whose risk-taking, sweat and dreams changed an American industry.
The first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.
A Utah farm boy builds a prototype for a television, but is thwarted by movie studio executives wanting to control the technology.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.
While the U.N. debated strategies for control of atomic energy, the U.S. Navy was preparing for nuclear tests on Bikini Island.
They were the first to brave the unknown.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine that made its first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.