Tacoma Narrows Bridge History Website
Tacoma Narrows Bridge resources


The Bridge as a Connection

Why were the
bridges built?

The Bridge as Machine

How did they
build the bridges?

The Bridge as Art

Why do the bridges
look like they do?
  People of the Bridge
Who designed
the bridges?

A Tale of Three Bridges - 1950

"Sturdy Gertie" - This First Narrows Bridge

They called it Sturdy Gertie.

They called it "Sturdy Gertie." Nearly a decade passed between first Narrows Bridge's collapse in November 1940 and completion in October 1950 of the current bridge. The ten-year gap largely was the result of the redirection of money, materials, and manpower to fight World War II. In addition, insurance litigation slowed efforts to build a replacement bridge. Promoters gave the new bridge a nickname. Indeed the 1950 bridge proved sturdier than its predecessor. It was wider, heavier and stronger, and carried four lanes of traffic instead of two.

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