An 80th Birthday Party & Naming Rally for the Emperor Norton Bridge
In January, March and September of 1872, Emperor Norton wrote and had published — in his "imperial gazette," the Pacific Appeal — three Proclamations setting out his vision for a great bay-spanning bridge linking Oakland and San Francisco via Yerba Buena Island.
Sixty-four years later — on 12 November 1936 — the Emperor Norton Bridge opened for traffic.
Some call it the Bay Bridge.
The Emperor's Bridge Campaign is leading the effort to get the Emperor's name on the bridge's marquee in 2022 — the 150th anniversary of the year he set out the original vision for the bridge.
The idea is to:
(1) Leave the bridge's existing names — "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" for the entire bridge system; "Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge for the Western "span" — where they are; and to
(2) Use the state's precedent for allowing its bridges to have multiple names — there are a dozen or so of these — simply to add a name like "Emperor Norton Bridge" for the bridge as a whole.
There's a Change.org petition here.
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If you're in the Bay Area on November 12th, please join The Emperor's Bridge Campaign for a celebration to wish the Emperor Norton Bridge a happy 80th birthday — and to show your support for naming the Emperor's bridge...for him!
RINCON + RED'S
The Emperor Norton Bridge Turns 80
Saturday 12 November 2016
Gather in Rincon Park (map)
For picture-postcard views of the bridge
Short walk to Red's Java House
3 to 5 p.m.
Red's Java House (patio) (map)
Beautiful views of the Bay and bridge
Plus: An update on the Campaign's effort to have the bridge named for Emperor Norton in 2022
Although Red's will appreciate the appropriate coin for drinks and food!
If you're unable to make it to Rincon Park, by all means join the Campaign on the patio at Red's anytime from 3 to 5 p.m.
Help us raise a glass (or three) to Emperor Norton and his bridge — and show your support for elevating the name "Emperor Norton Bridge" from its place in our hearts to a giant-lettered place of public honor on highway signs at both entrances to the great structure that the Emperor decreed 144 years ago.
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