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Opening Ceremonies Invitation.
San Francisco Examiner - Bay Bridge Opening

Margaret Monroe Collection
2006-237
California State Archives
Sacramento, California

On November 12, 1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic. On hand for the celebration were former President Herbert Hoover, Governor Frank Merriam, and Chief Engineer Charles Purcell. Governor Merriam cut a symbolic chain with an acetylene torch and said, “This Bridge is not the product of a day.” Later in the proceedings, President Franklin D. Roosevelt activated a golden key in Washington D.C, which operated green signal lights, signaling traffic to proceed across both sides of the bridge.

Quote from High Steel, Building the Bridges Across San Francisco Bay, page 24.


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Opening Ceremonies Invitation.

Opening Ceremonies Invitation

Margaret Monroe Collection
2006-237
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Mr. Herbert Hoover –– Toll Plaza, 11–12–36 Photo.

Governor Merriam Cutting Chain, 11–12–36 Photo.

First Cars Over Bridge, 11–12–36 Photo.

Opening Day Ceremonies

Former President Herbert Hoover spoke at the opening day events for the bridge, calling the it the "the greatest bridge ever erected by the human race."

Department of Public Works, 1936
Bridge Department
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Opening Weekend Ribbon.

Opening Weekend Ribbon

Margaret Monroe Collection
2006-237
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Largest in the World Envelope.

Dedicated Armistice Day Envelope. The U.S.S. Tennessee was stationed in San Francisco Bay on opening weekend

Bay Bridge Opening Envelope.

Commemorative Cancelled Stamps

These three postcards include two cancelled on opening day and one addressed to actor William Powell. The U.S.S. Tennessee was stationed in San Francisco Bay on opening weekend.

Department of Public Works, 1936
Bridge Department
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Opening Day Ticket.

Opening Day Ticket.

Opening Day Ticket

Margaret Monroe Collection
2006-237
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Official Program Cover. Official Program Foreword. Official Program Committee. Official Program Photos. Official Program Events. Official Program Events. Official Program Events. Official Program Bay Photo. Official Program Events. Official Program Pageant. Official Program Facts. Official Program Night Pageant. Official Program Photos. Official Program Photos. Official Program Photos.

Official Souvenir Program

Margaret Monroe Collection
2006-237
California State Archives
Sacramento, California



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