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 some 30 state-owned bridges, state lawmakers have passed resolutions authorizing multiple names for the same bridge. They can do that here, too.
For 2019 — the 160th anniversary of Joshua Norton's proclamation declaring himself Emperor in 1859 — The Emperor's Bridge Campaign, a nonprofit that works to advance the legacy of the Emperor, is leading an effort to persuade California state lawmakers simply to add an honorary name to stand alongside the historic one. We seek to sponsor a state legislative resolution that would name the Bay Bridge system THE EMPEROR NORTON BRIDGE in 2019.