Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Narrows Bridge Tacoma Washington 1950s

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The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a mile long suspension bridge on State Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrows between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington state. Just about everyone has seen the motion picture film of "Galloping Gertie", the first bridge across the narrows which was opened to traffic 1 July 1940 and collapsed four months later due to wind. The replacement bridge was not opened until 14 October 1950 and that is the one on the post cards shown here. This one was nicknamed "Strudy Gertie" since design changes fixed the original problems. This bridge carried both east and west bound traffic until 15 July 2007 when a second bridge was opened to handle the east bound traffic. Both of these 1950s real photo postcards can be found in my Washington listings along with 10,000 more postcards on my website Moody's Postcards.

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