Lunch by a Landmark

Many people travel to California so that they can experience the grandeur of the Bay Area's scenic geography, man-made wonders, or to immerse in the unique San Francisco social scene. As there are so many options to consider, we're going to present them in a series. So, grab a backpack, some water bottles (and an extra layer) and head out to a few unique locations, rich in culture, beauty, and history. Please note that we are not compensated in any way to advocate these locations.
Unique mementos made from original Golden Gate Bridge suspender ropes©Strands of History

When is a Wire Rope a Cable?

Outside of the engineering world, most people probably have never heard the term "wire rope." After perfecting the skill of making ropes in ancient times, it went virtually unaltered for nearly 2000 years. In the 19th-century, hemp ropes and iron chains were for hoisting; the disadvantage was the proverbial weak link. The mining sector required that ropes be made longer, and stronger by drawing iron into thin rods or "wire." Eventually, steel replaced iron as the preferred building material. The next step was to introduce multi-layer strands made of steel.


Many people thought it couldn’t be done; it was impossible to build a bridge that would span over a mile-wide strait of turbulent, churning waves whipped up from the Pacific Ocean. Dreams and ingenuity have a way of overcoming fears and doubts however, and the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge speaks to such an accomplishment.