Debbie of TravelWithIntent hosts The One Word Sunday Challenge. This week the prompt is “bridge.

I love the bridge photos others have submitted for this challenge. I’m taking a different tack and sharing a photo taken on a flight from Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles, California. The flight traveled down the west coast and right over San Francisco. A clear day afforded great views of the city and its bridges.

Opened in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge had the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,300 m) until 1964. It has since been surpassed by seventeen bridges and is the second-longest main span in the Western Hemisphere after the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge in New York City. The total length of the Golden Gate Bridge from abutment to abutment is 8,981 feet (2,737 m).

The Golden Gate Bridge spans the one-mile (1.6 km) strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It links the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to the southern tip of the Marin Peninsula.

Golden Gate Bridge (Alcatraz is the small island in the upper right)

The Golden Gate Bridge used to be the world’s number one suicide site. More than 1,500 people have jumped to their death from this bridge. The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge now claims that dubious title with more than 2,000 suicides. The Golden Gate should never hold the suicide title again because steel netting is being installed below the walkway.

I hope you enjoyed this view of what is probably America’s most famous bridge. Join the challenge if you’d like. Next week’s prompt is “reverse.” That may be a hard one.