Weekly Photo Challenge: A Monument to Human Ingenuity

 

San Francisco Bay Bridge in process. 1933-1936

The Western span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge in process. 1933-1936

No I’m not old enough to have taken this photo but I took a photo of the photo. The neighbors were enjoying these pictures, the other day, before the owner came to pick them up. I quickly snapped a photos with my phone. I am told one of these pictures  was taken by Ansel Adams and given to the engineers that helped build the Bay Bridge. The bridge itself is a monument to the workers who built it.

Bridge building in those days was a risky endeavor. Minimal safety gear and few regulations contributed to serious injuries and sometimes death for construction workers. The unofficial rule of thumb was there would be one death for every million dollars spent. The odds were if a man worked on the bridge for more than a year and a half he was likely to suffer at least one serious injury. There were a total of 28 fatalities during construction. From

Building the Bay Bridge

The Photo of the photo of Eastern span

The Photo of the photo of Eastern span

Any Idea which one is by Ansel Adams? Which on do like?

Weekly Photo Challenge Monument

 

2 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: A Monument to Human Ingenuity

  1. There are a lot of awesome things to see in this world, but two of my favorite to read about are the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hoover Dam. Just a miracle they could build those back in “the olden” days without all the equipment available now. Well, I’ve seen the Hoover Dam, but have yet to get far enough west to see the Golden Gate. Still plan on doing that someday??

    Neal

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