15 Facts About San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge Isn't Golden 1 of 16

Why is San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge named the Golden Gate? It isn't made of gold, and its color is more orange than golden! It turns out that the bridge is actually named for the Golden Gate Strait -- the entrance from the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay. The strait got its name from a harbor in Istanbul called the Golden Horn.

The Golden Gate's paint color is Orange Vermillion or International Orange. It was chosen for its warmth and visibility against sea and sky. A brave team of painters and ironworkers constantly battle high winds, sea air, and fog to maintain the bridge in tip top condition.

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