Pop’s Bridge by Eve Bunting was first published in 2006. It tells the story of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco from the perspective of Robert, the son of one of the ironworkers building the bridge. There’s so much to do and see in San Francisco, but it is well worth visiting the Golden Gate Bridge while you’re there. You can walk, drive or bike across and the views are spectacular.
Robert watches the building of the bridge from Fort Point with his friend Charlie whose dad is a painter on the bridge. Built at the height of the California Gold Rush in 1853, Fort Point was designed to protect San Francisco harbor from foreign attack and is now a National Historic Site. It’s full of history and a really nice place to wander around. It’s still one of the best places to get a close up view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Robert and Charlie watch the building of the bridge everyday. In the beginning of the story, Robert thinks that the ironworkers are the most important bridge workers and downplays the role of the painter’s like Charlie’s father, but in the end, he realizes that they’re equally important and the jobs they’re doing are equally dangerous. Pop’s bridge does a good job of capturing the emotions surrounding the building of the bridge, the riskiness of the venture, and how it captured the hearts of the city.