Building the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Building the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was just one of the many things that men did and still do.  Although the evidence of what men do is all around us, we tend to forget and ignore it.  We take it for granted.  We especially forget about the sacrifices men had to make in achieving what we don’t waste much time remembering, sacrifices necessary to feed their families.

From some of the reviews of the documentary of Building the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (how easy it is to measure what people did in the past by applying today’s standards):

Reviewer: Dragon05701 – favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite – June 23, 2006
Subject: building the bridge

“in reply to spuzz review “foolish men” osha was not established at that time the were brave men who where trying to make a living in hard times.i guess you don’t understand the meaning “WORKING FOR A LIVING” OR EARNING YOUR KEEP. this is a great learning video on making a dream come true. true craftmenship-it withstood earthquakes, high winds,and what ever else mother nature and father time could give- about a dozen men gave their life to build this dream.”

Reviewer: jonc – favoritefavorite – November 8, 2006
Subject: Work ethic

“Dragon05701 – If their work ethic would lead them to die on the job (12 workers killed by your account) I would have to agree with spuzz, they were very foolish.”

Reviewer: high flow – favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite – July 6, 2008
Subject: Yeah…1937.

“You either did dangerous/hard work or your family starved…..US Labor Unions were in their infancy. There were men waiting in line to replace any worker who perished or quit.

So, if you didn’t do “foolish” work, they’d fire you’re yellow-behind and find a “better” worker.”

  • Ground Breaking for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (July 9, 1833)
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Celebrates 79th Anniversary of Groundbreaking

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Celebrates 79th Anniversary of Groundbreaking

  • Building the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

    Click to load and play (17 minutes to watch men work building the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, from sinking the foundations to finishing the building of the bridge)

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