A bevy of Golden Gate Bridge lovers paid for commemorative bricks 25 years ago for the bridge's 50th anniversary. By the 75th anniversary, those bricks will be turned into commemorative dust.
The 7,500 bricks bought for various price points -- $32 and up to have your name inscribed on bricks on the San Francisco side of the bridge -- will be destroyed in order to make way for progress: in this case: disability access and room to work on the bridge in preparation for the bridge's 75th birthday coming this May, according to the Marin Independent Journal.
The bricks were sold in the 1980s in order to raise money for the 50th anniversary party. Some citizens used them to memorialize a loved one.
All will be removed beginning this week. In its place will be a new walkway and cafe.
The bridge district will also install a plaque with all 7,500 original inscriptions, a spokeswoman said. Workers did try to remove each of the bricks but could not; "They just crumble," a spokeswoman said.