The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate: An Amazing Bridge!

The Golden Gate Bridge is famous the world over. Located in the state of California, it connects San Francisco to nearby Marin County. The picture you see here is a drawing that appeared on a old postcard. As you can see, the bridge was — and still is — big, beautiful, and amazing.

The Golden Gate Bridge, which is almost two miles long and 90 feet wide, has six lanes for cars and two sidewalks. Since it was opened in 1937, it has become a become a favorite California landmark.

San Francisco, where the bridge is located, is also known for foggy weather, cable cars, and tech companies. But the Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous, and by far the BIGGEST, tourist attraction of them all!


Bright Ideas

Quotes from Famous Californians

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
Julia Child, Celebrity Chef

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Walt Disney, Movie Pioneer

“I learned the hard way that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged.”
Lucille Ball, Actress

“A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.”
Joe Dimaggio, Baseball Player






Nifty Fifty

About California

It’s a Fact: The capital of California is Sacramento.

It’s a Fact: The biggest city in California is Los Angeles. San Francisco, where the Golden Gate Bridge is located, is the second biggest city in the state.

It’s a Fact: More people live in California than any other state. In fact, one out of every eight Americans is a Californian.

It’s a Fact: Palo Alto is a city near San Francisco. It is the home of Stanford University. It’s also the town in which the first Mystery Ryders story takes place.

It’s a Fact: California is home to the world’s largest tree, the General Sherman Tree, in Sequoia National Park. The tree is 275 feet tall and weighs over 4 million pounds!

More Fun Facts

Fun Fact: Construction on the Golden Gate Bridge was started in 1933. It took about four years to finish the job.

Fun Fact: The Golden Gate Bridge stands 726 feet above the water and weighs about 887,000 tons!

Fun Fact: The Golden Gate Bridge is made up of two huge towers which support massive cables. This type structure is called a “suspension bridge” because the roadway is actually held up (“suspended”) by cables.

Fun Fact: Ships that sail under the Golden Gate Bridge can go directly to the Pacific Ocean, which is the biggest ocean in the world.

Fun Fact: The Golden Gate Bridge has been named one of the “Marvels of the Modern World” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Fun Fact: The first Mystery Ryders story, The Mystery of the Disappearing Dogs, takes place in California (the same state where the Golden Gate Bridge is located).

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Is the Golden Gate Bridge located in San Francisco or Los Angeles?
San Francisco.
Which Ocean is nearest the Golden Gate Bridge: The Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, or the Indian Ocean?
The Pacific Ocean. It’s so close, in fact, that if you’re standing on the bridge, you can see the Pacific Ocean in the distance.
Is the capital of California San Francisco or Sacramento?
Does the Golden Gate Bridge weigh about 887,000 pounds or 887,000 tons?
It weighs about 887,000 tons. And, since a ton is 2,000 pounds, that means the bridge is very heavy!
Write Your Own Story

If you have time, you can write a story of your own.

Here are a couple of story ideas you might want to use.

Story Idea #1: You can write a story about the amazing Golden Gate Bridge.


Story Idea #2: Imagine you were riding your bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. What do you think it would be like? Write a brief essay describing the trip.

To help you write a great essay, we have some timely tips and helpful hints.

Today's Ryder Riddle
Here's a riddle for you.
What did the Pacific Ocean say to the Golden Gate Bridge?
Nothing. It just waved!
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