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 - 1940

"Galloping Gertie" - This First Narrows Bridge

The making of suspension cables.

The making of suspension cables. Temporary catwalks were placed from tower to tower thereby allowing crews to work on the cables. The bridge's two suspension cables were spun from wire spools. The wire was unreeled onsite and affixed to an anchorage built on land at each end.

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