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The Golden Gate Bridge's Accidental Color

396743 01: UNDATED FILE PHOTO The Golden Gate Bridge spans the bay in San Francisco, California. California Governor Gray Davis has issued a statement November 1, 2001 stating that authorities have received very credible threats that one of California's many suspension bridges may be targeted for terrorist attack between November 2 and November 7, 2001. (Photo By Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The orange hue of the Golden Gate Bridge was an accident of history. San Francisco owes the iconic color of its bridge to Irving Morrow, the consulting architect, who noticed the striking reddish-orange hue of the primer coat, and lobbied to have it made permanent.