Contemporary Photos of the Golden Gate Bridge:

Fun and Interesting Happenings at the Bridge

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Fun and Interesting Happenings at the Bridge



January 2013, Evergreen Packaging awarded the 2012 grand-prize of $5000 to Mustang Elementary students for their Golden Gate Bridge made out of milk cartons. The milk carton bridge is made from 26,000 recycled milk cartons, stands 12 feet in height and is 110 feet in length.

December 18, 2012, the Oscar Mayer
Mobile visits the Golden Gate Bridge.


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On June 22, 2011, more than 100 race fans joined

NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios/

Hamburger Helper Chevrolet)

for a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.


November 2, 2010, at 5:30 pm, a Great Horned Owl perched on the Main Cable; photo by one of our employees.


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In April 2010, the Harlem Globetrotters walked across the Bridge

after a bit of showing off for the crowd at Vista Point.


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On March 16, 2010, three massive cranes, bound for the Port of Oakland,

aboard the Zhen Hua 15 passed under the Golden Gate Bridge just after 8:30 am.

The ship originated its trip in China.


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On February 17, 2010, Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray crossed the Golden Gate Bridge

in a cable car during his victory tour of San Francisco.


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On January 27, 2010, Cunard's Queen Victoria made her maiden call to the Port of San Francisco

during her world voyage. Photo courtesy of A. Mueller.

August 8, 2009: This is something we picked up from Wanda Hennig, SF Culinary Travel Examiner. A centerpiece at the SF Chefs. Food. Wine. event was an enormous bread sculpture featuring the Golden Gate Bridge created by staff and students at the San Francisco Baking Institute. It is made from 1,053 pounds of live, fermented bread dough and 162 pounds of decorative dough. It took a week and a half to bake and build!



On Feburary 16, 2009, while enduring a torrential downpour,

Amgen Tour of California peloton headed south towards

Santa Cruz via the GGB roadway at 8:40 am.

Lance Armstrong was among the top world class racers

cheered on by the very hearty and wet spectators on-hand

to witness this first-ever milestone.


On May 13, 2008, this Golden Gate Bridge paint crew was part of a

Good Morning America segment that aired at 4 am California time.


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On August 10, 2008, at 2:44 pm, a dazed pelican that was not able to fly was safely recovered from the Bridge roadway.

She was transferred to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Cordelia, CA where she was named “G.G.” by her caretakers.

On September 12, 2008, the very same GGB workers who had recovered her released G.G back to the wild.

Watch these YouTube videos of GG's "arrest" and "release."



On November 27, 2007, John Beatty’s quick thinking prevented a

potentially serious crash on the Bridge when he used his pickup truck

to guide a SUV, in which the driver had gone unconscious,

away from oncoming traffic. On Dec. 7, 2007, he was presented with a

certificate of appreciation from CHP.


Durham, NC elementary school custodian Joe Venable’s life-long dream

came true on July 11, 2007, when he visited the Bridge. His 5th grade students

raised $2000 to send him and his wife to San Francisco.

The Mayor proclaimed July 13, 2007, as Joe Venable Day.



On February 4, 2007, the Queen Mary 2 made maritime history

when she makes her maiden call to San Francisco.

Thousands of maritime enthusiasts and well-wishers gathered on

and all around the Bridge to view the ship

as she sailed beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.


On August 29, 2005, a female 6-foot-tall ostrich

busted its way out of a cargo van at about 4:45 pm,

stopping the evening commute traffic in both directions

and sending dozens of tourists racing for their cameras.



On May 19, 2004, a young deer bounding onto

the Golden Gate Bridge and loped across the entire span as

Bridge officials and motorists watched in amazement.

The deer zipped through a FasTrak lane, took

the 19th Avenue exit and then disappeared into the Presidio.