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California: Iconic bridge celebrates 75th birthday

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California: Iconic bridge celebrates 75th birthday


It is one of the most recognised, and most photographed, man-made wonders. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is celebrating its 75th birthday.

The iconic structure was built during the Great Depression. Eleven workers died during its construction.

Stretching for more than a kilometre, it was the longest suspension bridge ever seen.

Lola Silvestri was one of the first people to walk across it. Now 90-years-old, she still remembers that moment like it was yesterday.

“I think every time I see it, it’s the memory of walking it on that day and knowing that’s never going to happen again,” Lola said.

Many doubted that the feat of engineering could be pulled off. But, 75 years on, the Golden Gate Bridge continues to stand proud under the California sun.

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