Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | June 25, 2009

Galloping Gertie!

Yesterday Mary and I took the Bronco to visit a friend in Bremerton, WA about 50 miles distant. Along the way we crossed the Tacoma Narrows Bridge also known as Galloping Gertie as a result of its collapse on November 7, 1940.

I was surprised when Mary said she had never heard of Galloping Gertie and the collapse. So, for her and those of you who are not familiar with the story, I’ve assembled the following information. I hope you enjoy it!

First, a picture of the Tacoma Narrow Bridges as the exist today. You can see by the design, the older bridge is the one on the right and the one we are about to cross.

Picture
The Tacoma Narrows Bridges Today.

Then a 10 minute YouTube documentary of the event.

Finally, here’s three good informational links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/tnbhistory/Connections/connections3.htm

http://www.nwrain.net/~newtsuit/recoveries/narrows/gg.htm

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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http://www.panamaorbust.com

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