In 1872, Emperor Norton issued three Proclamations setting out the original vision for a great bay-spanning bridge linking Oakland and San Francisco via Yerba Buena Island.
When the bridge opened in 1936, it was given the unofficial name San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Locals just call it the Bay Bridge. The State of California continues to recognize this as the historic name of the entire bridge system.
For 2018 — the bicentennial of Emperor Norton's birth — The Emperor's Bridge Campaign, a nonprofit that works to advance the legacy of the Emperor, is leading an effort to add a second name to stand alongside the historic one.We seek to sponsor a California state legislative resolution that would namethe Bay Bridge system THE EMPEROR NORTON BRIDGE in 2018.