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Located in the center of the park was a statue of a man that was not familiar to me. His name was Joseph Strauss and he along with Charles Alton Ellis, the man who is mostly credited with the original structural design, is responsible for bringing the Golden Gate Bridge to life.
Unfortunately, the two had a falling out, and Ellis was fired before construction began. He was never credited for his work on the project after the bridge was finished in 1937.
In 2007, he was finally acknowledged for his contribution by the Bridge Authority.
During construction, Strauss insisted that a net is placed underneath the bridge to ensure the safety of its workers. As a result, nineteen lives were saved. However, weeks before its opening, twelve workers fell from scaffolding into the net. Unfortunately, the net ripped, and only two of the workers survived.
Since this was a massive undertaking, you can imagine the difficulties, financial or otherwise, that Strauss had to face to see the project to its completion.
He once lamented “It took two decades and 200 million words to convince the people that the bridge was feasible, then only four years and $35 million to put the concrete and steel together.”
The bridge was finally completed in 1937, and sadly Strauss died from a stroke a year later.