San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge California


Stock #: 310802
Type: Large Format Postcard
Era: Chrome
City: San Francisco
State: California (CA)
County: San Francisco
Publisher: J. C. Bardell
Size: 4.75" x 6.25" (12.75 x 16 cm)

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Looking toward San Francisco from Bridge Tower The concrete and reinforcing steel used in constructing the bridge is sufficient to build 35 Russ Buildings (San Francisco), 35 City Halls (Los Angeles); or 35 L.C. Smith Buildings (Seattle). The total length of the 2 1/4" suspender ropes will be 43 miles, and the total length of cable wire used will be 70,815 miles--nearly three times the circumference of the earth. The bridge, which is the largest in the world and which cost $77,600,000, is being built for the California Toll Bridge Authority, of which Governor Frank Merriam is Chairman, by the State Department of Public Works, of which Earl Lee Kelly is Director and C.H. Purcell is Chief Engineer. The bridge is financed entirely without taxation, its cost defrayed by sale of 4 3/4 per cent bonds issued against the prospective revenues of the bridge. These bonds have been purchased at a discount increasing the yield to 5 per cent by the Federal Reconstruction Finance Corporation and may eventually be sold to the public. In addition to the bonds purchased by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, the State Gas Tax Fund loaned $6,600,000 for the building of the approaches which sum must be repaid the Gas Tax Fund out of tolls before the bridge can be made free to the public. Like a State highway, the completed bridge will be maintained out of the State Highway Fund. Picture No. 10-C Pub. by J.C. Bardell San Francisco, California
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