80 Years Ago Today
On this day in 1933, ground was broken on the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge construction project. 
A slideshow of the groundbreaking and construction is on our website. http://photos.mercurynews.com/2013/07/05/trip-in-time-making-the-bay-bridge/
Above,  Former U.S. President Herbert Hoover (center) and Governor James Rolph Jr. break ground at ceremonies for the San Francisco Bay Bridge. They are flanked by Miss Alameda, Miss Prosperity and Miss Bay Bridge. (Oakland Tribune Photo)

80 Years Ago Today

On this day in 1933, ground was broken on the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge construction project. 

A slideshow of the groundbreaking and construction is on our website. http://photos.mercurynews.com/2013/07/05/trip-in-time-making-the-bay-bridge/

Above,  Former U.S. President Herbert Hoover (center) and Governor James Rolph Jr. break ground at ceremonies for the San Francisco Bay Bridge. They are flanked by Miss Alameda, Miss Prosperity and Miss Bay Bridge. (Oakland Tribune Photo)

FIRST HORSE
November 13, 1936 - Sundown, owned by champion horseman and California Highway patrolman Mark Freitas of Napa, California, claimed the title of “First Horse to Cross the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.” Sundown crossed for free but the car and trailer paid the toll of 65 cents. Once across the bridge, horse and owner took part in the parade celebrating the Bay Bridge’s opening. 
It is unknown if a horse has ever been ridden across the bridge. 
(Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

FIRST HORSE

November 13, 1936 - Sundown, owned by champion horseman and California Highway patrolman Mark Freitas of Napa, California, claimed the title of “First Horse to Cross the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.” Sundown crossed for free but the car and trailer paid the toll of 65 cents. Once across the bridge, horse and owner took part in the parade celebrating the Bay Bridge’s opening. 

It is unknown if a horse has ever been ridden across the bridge. 

(Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)