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American River College

4700 College Oak Dr
Sacramento, CA 95841-4286

General Phone: 916-484-8011
Financial Aid Phone: 916-484-8437
Sector: Public, 2-year
Classification: Associates Colleges

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The (Green) and Golden Gate - Sacramento State University

Two Sacramento State students walking across the Guy A. West Suspension Bridge on the way to class one morning pondered a question that had nothing to do with surprise quizzes or grade point averages. “Who was Guy West anyway?” asked one. Replied the second student, “Why, I guess he built this bridge.” Not a bad guess, but technically, a little wide of the mark. Guy West was the first president of Sacramento State when it opened in 1947 in temporary quarters at Sacramento City College. The pedestrian bridge that is far from pedestrian in design was named in his honor. It opened in 1967, 14 years after the University’s move to the present site, to connect the campus with the then wide-open spaces on the east bank of the American River. West had retired a year before the bridge was dedicated in 1967. As it was intended, the bridge remains a landmark, a baby cousin of the famed Golden Gate Bridge. The 600-foot Guy West span was hailed as the “longest foot suspension bridge in the United States” at the time of its opening. That title has been lost to other projects. For example, the recently opened Sundial Bridge suspended - more available