Thursday, August 9th, 6:30pm

Catastrophe to Triumph: Bridges of the Tacoma Narrows

Illustrated presentation and book signing with author Richard Hobbs

Author and historian Richard S. Hobbs discusses the people and events surrounding the first two Tacoma Narrows bridges. When the first bridge was completed in July 1940, it was the third longest suspension bridge in the world. Only four months later, the bridge collapsed during a windstorm. As one of the most spectacular engineering disasters ever captured on film, it fascinated audiences worldwide and changed the future of suspension bridge design and construction. By the end of the decade, lessons learned from the failure led to an impressive replacement, the sturdy 1950 Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Hobbs’ lecture addresses questions about the fall of “Galloping Gertie” and the construction of the second bridge.

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Washington State History Museum
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA, 98402
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