Websites

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
Visit the bridge's official Web site to check out a bridgecam with a live view of Golden Gate traffic -- and access a research library full of information on the bridge, past and present.
http://www.goldengatebridge.org/

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Explore the cultural and political history of the parks and landmarks within the Golden Gate, on this site provided by the National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior.
http://www.nps.gov/goga/index.htm

Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction
The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco presents this group of construction folios, photos, and documents related to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and its counterpart to the east, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
http://www.sfmuseum.net/assoc/bridge00.html

BART History and Facts
The Web site of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District presents this history of urban planning initiatives in the region following the Golden Gate Bridge's construction.
http://www.bart.gov/about/history/history_1.asp

Golden Gate Ferry: Fleet History
Yes, there is still a ferry across the Golden Gate. Read the service's history here, and access schedules and information about current ferry services.
http://www.goldengateferry.org/researchlibrary/history.php

American Experience: Ansel Adams
Learn about one of San Francisco's most famous sons, the legendary photographer who revealed America's wild beauty. The gallery includes Adams' photograph of the Golden Gate before the bridge was built.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/ansel/

Moulin Studios Chronology
Find out more about a family of photographers who took pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge before and after its construction.
http://www.moulinstudios.com/history.htm

Books

Adams, Charles A. Heroes of the Golden Gate. Pacific Books: Palo Alto, CA. 1987.

Barter, James. The Golden Gate Bridge. San Diego: Lucent Books, Inc., 2001.

Cassady, Stephen. Spanning the Gate: The Golden Gate Bridge. Mill Valley, California: Squarebooks, 1979.

Currie, Mary C. and Thomas J. Moore. Highlights, Facts & Figures of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, San Francisco, California, 1995.

Dillon, Richard; Moulin, Thomas; and Don DeNevi. High Steel: Building the Bridges Across San Francisco Bay. Berkeley, California: Celestial Arts, 1998.

Kranakis, Eda. Constructing a Bridge: An Exploration of Engineering Culture, Design, and Research in Nineteenth-Century France and America. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1997.

Lewis, Oscar. San Francisco: Mission to Metropolis. Berkeley, California: Howell-North Books, 1966.

Medsker, Linda and Terri Sevilla. Fascinating Facts about the Golden Gate Bridge. Novato, California: Gateway Publication, 1987.

Mensch, E. Cromwell. The Golden Gate Bridge: A Technical Description In Ordinary Language San Francisco, 1935.

Van der Zee, John. The Gate. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986.

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