The caretakers of the Golden Gate Bridge

include the engineers and architects t

hat had the vision to create such an incredible landmark,

the rugged individuals who built this one-of-a kind masterpiece,

and the skilled crafts people and engineers

that have taken care of it since opening day in 1937.

Joseph B. Strauss led the way as Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Strauss was assisted by a talented team that included:  Strauss Engineering (later to become Strauss and Paine, Inc.) Vice Presidents Charles A. Ellis and Clifford E. Paine; Consulting Engineers O.H. Ammann, Charles Derleth, Jr. and Leon S. Moisseiff; and, Consulting Architect Irving F. Morrow.  These individuals, along with many dedicated workers and professionals, oversaw the creation of a structure which has become world-renowned.  The Golden Gate Bridge has earned the reputation as the world’s most spectacular Bridge and is one of the most visited sites in the world.

The most famous of the original construction workers became known as the Halfway-to-Hell Club when the safety net suspended beneath the floor of the Bridge saved the lives of nineteen men.  Until February 17, 1937, there had been only one fatality during the construction of the Bridge.  This was a new record in a field where the norm had been that one man was killed for every million dollars spent.  On that sad day in February, ten men lost their lives when a section of scaffold carrying twelve men fell through the safety net.