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. In 2013, an honorary name was added for the western section: the Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge.
The Emperor's Bridge Campaign, a nonprofit that works to advance the legacy of Emperor Norton, is leading an effort to add one more name for the bridge as a whole. We seek to sponsor a California state legislative resolution or ballot proposition to name it THE EMPEROR NORTON BRIDGE in 2018 — the bicentennial of the Emperor's birth.