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Crowds gather for Golden Gate Bridge celebration
by John S. Marshall
The Associated Press Translate This Article
28 May 2012
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crowds gathered along San Francisco's waterfront Sunday, while San Francisco Bay was crowded with pleasure boats, tug boats and other vessels as the city celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Tens of thousands of people were expected to flock to the area to enjoy a number of events taking place along a section of waterfront stretching from Fort Point south of the bridge to Pier 39 along The Embarcadero.
At least several thousand people had gathered along the waterfront by Sunday afternoon, said Mary Currie, public affairs director for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.
'Everyone is biking and walking and looks very happy,' she said. 'We're off to a great start.'
San Francisco resident Daniel Sutphin and his family were among those in the crowd enjoying the day and the views of the bridge.
'It's such an iconic structure, depending on the day or the hour, it just looks like it changes continuously,' Sutphin said as he walked through the Fort Point area with his wife and their three young children.
Since it opened in 1937, more than two-billion vehicles have crossed the 1.7-mile-long bridge named after the Golden Gate Strait, the entrance of water to San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean, and championed by engineer Joseph Strauss in the 1920s.
Because of the crowds expected and with no parking available near the bridge, officials were urging people to take mass transit to the events.
The California Highway Patrol was planning on shutting down traffic across the bridge from 9 p.m. through 10 p.m. for a monumental fireworks display set to take place over the bridge. ...
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