The Golden Gate Bridge/Wave Organ With Interesting Historical Connections to Philadelphia

Nothing says San Francisco like the Golden Gate Bridge. This may be one of the most iconic bridges, not just in the United States, but in the world. It was actually built during the Great Depression and has been quoted as being part of “American resolve and ingenuity.” The bridge itself typically carries around forty million vehicles a year, just to give you an idea of how meaningful this structure is to the Bay Area. It connects San Francisco to Marin County.

In addition to being an architectural marvel, it is truly amazing to view. If you are visiting San Francisco, please please go and see it up close in person. It is worth the visit and may possibly take your breath away. I know it did to me. Since we were in the area over several days, I did manage to take pictures at different times with different weather conditions. You will see the colors seem slightly different radiating off the bridge with certain degrees of light.

My absolute favorite were the sunset pictures! The bright sun had a great contrast against the bridge and softens the colors and textures quite a bit. The sunset views were taken from an area called The Wave Organ. The Wave Organ creates various sounds using pipes that interact directly with the tides of the bay. The unique stones used in the build are actually from salvaged pieces from the Laurel Hill Cemetery in San Francisco. Yes, this is exactly what you are thinking, the city of San Francisco moved its final resting place of the original U.S. senators, Civil War soldiers, and pioneers in the early 1900s. It is estimated that more than 30,000 bodies were moved to the Cypress Lawn Cemetery located in Colma California. Currently, the Laurel Heights neighborhood occupies the space of the old cemetery. Also, for all my other local Philadelphians reading this, yes, the name was inspired by our very own Laurel Hill garden cemetery. It is interesting to see the influence that Philadelphia has had over the years!

Make sure you check out more resources in the links below and hit that subscribe button. Have a wonderful day!

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/wave-organ

https://visitcalifornia.com

https://www.goldengate.org

Published by northeastallie

For generations, my family has lived in the Philadelphia area, and my writing reflects these influences. This blog explores perspectives on life, encouragement, travel, health, and local living.

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