Galloping Gertie

This is a video taken in 1940 of the Tacoma Narrows bridge. We use this bridge to get to Tacoma and Seattle. Of course, it has been reinforced and redesigned into 2 bridges, but the original tower pedestals are still in use.

The bridge was opened in July of 1940 and collapsed November 7th of the same year. At the time it was the third longest suspension bridge in the world. From the time the deck was built, it noticeably moved vertically in windy weather, so the construction crew nicknamed it Galloping Gertie. Several attempts to stabilize the bridge were made, but the bridge collapsed under 40mph wind conditions.

The bridge was rebuilt 10 years later in the same location. The parts of the bridge that fell into the water were left there for an artificial reef. The car that is left on the bridge in the video is still unaccounted for and searched for around the Puget Sound for its historical significance.

~ by accordingtoleanne on October 19, 2010.

One Response to “Galloping Gertie”

  1. Actually, earlier this year they found pieces of the car washed up on the beach on the tacoma side. After 70 years it was hard to indentify what kind of car it is, but they are pretty sure it was that one you see in the video because of the rust factor.

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