Only four months after opening to the public, the first Narrows Bridge collapsed after strong winds caused the decking to break apart on Nov. 7, 1940. The bridge, which was the world’s third-largest suspension bridge, had been known to undulate with the wind since it opened, gaining it the nickname “Galloping Gertie.”
Only four months after opening to the public, the first Narrows Bridge collapsed after strong winds caused the decking to break apart on Nov. 7, 1940. The bridge, which was the world’s third-largest suspension bridge, had been known to undulate with the wind since it opened, gaining it the nickname “Galloping Gertie.” Courtesy Northwest Room, Tacoma Public Library
Only four months after opening to the public, the first Narrows Bridge collapsed after strong winds caused the decking to break apart on Nov. 7, 1940. The bridge, which was the world’s third-largest suspension bridge, had been known to undulate with the wind since it opened, gaining it the nickname “Galloping Gertie.” Courtesy Northwest Room, Tacoma Public Library