The idea of bridging the Tacoma Narrows had been talked about for many years. In December 1927, the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce discussed it. The next May, the Tacoma Chamber followed suit.
A slogan contest was announced in 1937, with the winner announced the next month. Effie A Jenks won with "Span the Narrows, Bridge the Gap, Put this Peninsula, On the Map!" A year later, construction began.
|The bridge deck is nearly completed. |
This aerial views shows Gig Harbor, with Wollochet Bay in the background.
|The crowd views the cars approaching the west side of the Narrows Bridge on Opening Day, 1940.|
Linda McCowen, Historic Photo Editor
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