The Emperor's Bridge Campaign

to honor the life + advance the legacy of Emperor Norton

EMPEROR NORTON BRIDGE  ::  Historical Efforts

Historical Efforts

As part of its larger mission to honor the life and advance the legacy of Emperor Norton, The Emperor’s Bridge Campaign offers leadership and inspiration to the latest drive to honor Emperor Norton for setting out the original vision for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The latest — but not the first.

Detail from Phil Frank's comic strip, Farley, published in the San Francisco Chronicle on 13 September 2004. © Phil Frank

Detail from Phil Frank's comic strip, Farley, published in the San Francisco Chronicle on 13 September 2004. © Phil Frank

Ever since the Bay Bridge opened in November 1936, there has been — or so it seems — a steady “movement” of people who know their Bay Area history well enough to understand that the Bridge is the fulfillment of the vision that the Emperor proclaimed in 1872.

Over the decades, people on both sides of the Bay have made it their practice simply to call the Bridge “the Emperor Norton,” even though it has yet to be named for him.

Click on the years below for two commemorative efforts that inspired and set the stage for The Emperor's Bridge Campaign's current bridge-naming project:

1939

2004



To return to the Overview of our bridge-naming project, click here.

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