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This Rare Footage In The 1940s Shows Washington Like You’ve Never Seen Before

The very first Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed on November 7, 1940. Spanning over the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound, this now-pair of bridges link Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula.

Construction for the original structure first began in 1938, and it officially opened to traffic in the summer of 1940. But even from when the deck was first built, it was easy to see how much the bridge would move in the wind – which is how it got the nickname “Galloping Gertie”.

Could you imagine how crazy this was? Do you remember when this bridge collapsed?

Nikki Cleveland
Nikki is the former Washington writer.