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This illustration shows the proposed Golden Gate Bridge prior to its approval by the War Department, which owned land on both sides of the channel. Photo: Chronicle Archives

This illustration shows the proposed Golden Gate Bridge prior to its approval by the War Department, which owned land on both sides of the channel. Photo: Chronicle Archives

Golden Gate Bridge construction began Jan. 5, 1933.  Photo: Chronicle Archives

The Golden Gate Bridge turns 80: Rare images from the archives

Golden Gate Bridge construction began Jan. 5, 1933. Photo: Chronicle Archives

Construction began Jan 5, 1933. The bridge was opened May 27, 1937.  Photo: Chronicle Archives

The Golden Gate Bridge turns 80: Rare images from the archives

Construction began Jan 5, 1933. The bridge was opened May 27, 1937. Photo: Chronicle Archives

In this photo, the towers had been built but the cables had not yet been spun when the Pacific Fleet steamed through the Golden Gate Straight on May 3, 1935. Photo courtesy of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

The Golden Gate Bridge turns 80: Rare images from the archives

In this photo, the towers had been built but the cables had not yet been spun when the Pacific Fleet steamed through the Golden Gate Straight on May 3, 1935. Photo courtesy of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge on Jan. 10, 1937. San Francisco Chronicle archives.

The Golden Gate Bridge turns 80: Rare images from the archives

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge on Jan. 10, 1937. San Francisco Chronicle archives.

This photo, from August 23, 1936, shows an aerial map of the San Francisco bridge approach.

The Golden Gate Bridge turns 80: Rare images from the archives

This photo, from August 23, 1936, shows an aerial map of the San Francisco bridge approach.

Ein Mann steht 1935 auf den ersten Seilen der Golden Gate Bridge mit der Presidio und San Francisco im Hintergrund.

Ein Mann steht 1935 auf den ersten Seilen der Golden Gate Bridge mit der Presidio und San Francisco im Hintergrund.

This photo shows one of the nearly completed cables that hold up $32 million span. Photo courtesy of the Associated Press, May 4, 1936.

The Golden Gate Bridge turns 80: Rare images from the archives

This photo shows one of the nearly completed cables that hold up $32 million span. Photo courtesy of the Associated Press, May 4, 1936.

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