By Ted Furlow
Among my favorite places is the Golden Gate Bridge. You can park your car at the toll plaza, walk up to the bridge, and look out over the expanse of the gate. Beginning at Fort Point on the San Francisco side, you can trace the graceful arch of the bridge as it extends to Fort Mason on the Marin County side. It is at the same time, a thing of beauty and a remarkable achievement for the ambitious and imaginative nature of man. Placed in the parking area is a life sized bronze of Joseph Strauss, the Chief Engineer for the bridge, along with a plaque on the pedestal extolling his accomplishments, his experience in building bridges, and his expertise as an engineer.