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Published:May 27th, 2012 11:39 EST

San Francisco's Jewel, The Golden Gate Bridge, Turns 75

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Today marks the 75th anniversary of San Francisco`s Golden Gate Bridge. The city, always one to throw a big party, is hosting a slew of events today, culminating in a fireworks spectacular from 9 p.m. - 10 p.m."



San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with dozens of landmarks that draw millions of tourists every year. A visitor needs to spend at least a week in the City by the Bay to see Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Broadway, Fisherman`s Wharf, Aquatic Park, A T & T Park, Lombard Street, Japantown, Pier 39, the San Francisco Zoo, Castro Street... It`s understandable if a tourist is unable to visit all of San Francisco`s wonderful attractions, but it would be a crime if he failed to marvel at the city`s most famous landmark: The Golden Gate Bridge.

The art deco masterwork has been declared one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and it`s the most photographed bridge in the world.

There are many things that I miss about the city where I was born: The world-class cuisine, the tolerance and accepting nature of the residents, the great sports teams -- the list is endless. But when I reflect on the forty years that I spent in the Bay Area, one image comes to mind: The Golden Gate Bridge.

When I got my driver`s license as a 17-year-old boy, there was one place, and one place only that I had to drive to: The Golden Gate Bridge. I had no practical reason for going To Marin County, but you haven`t lived until you`ve crossed that magnificent span.

I left my heart in San Francisco, and I will return one day to renew old acquaintances and to once again marvel at an old friend: The Golden Gate Bridge.

Happy 75th Birthday: Golden Gate Bridge!

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