Bridge builders remembered on Golden Gate anniversary

May 22, 2012 8:55:53 PM PDT
Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Surviving men who helped build the bridge are few and far between, but many of their voices were recorded for posterity years ago.

Golden Gate Bridge District video shows the great human energy that went into building the bridge in the Depression era.

The district interviewed original bridge worker Charlie Heinbockel in 2007. He remembered earning $5.50 a day.

"You were very fortunate if you had a steady job in those days," Heinbockel said.

Legendary bridge ironworker Al Zampa left the Bay Bridge project to work on the Golden Gate. ABC7 News talked to him for the 50th anniversary in 1987.

"Had magic, some kind of magic to it," he said. "We wanted to go out there, probably would have worked for half the money, I got just to be there."

Today, the bridge stands as a monument to the men who built it.