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San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

The Bay Bridge, built in 1936, is often overshadowed by the Golden Gate Bridge, which was built a year later. Like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge was built over San Francisco Bay. The Bay Bridge is over eight miles long, connecting San Francisco to Oakland as a part of Interstate 80. The bridge originally served both vehicles and trains, but only vehicles have had access to the bridge since 1958. Financing the construction of such a large bridge was difficult, but President Hoover supported the project and allowed the purchase of bonds to be repaid by toll proceeds at a later date in order to help finance the project.

Fun Fact: The San Francisco Bay Bridge is the longest high-level, steel bridge in the world.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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