|Catalog Number||WF 2138|
|Caption||Construction-Deception Pass Br|
View of the construction of Deception Pass Bridge. Looking south from Fidalgo Island toward Pass Island, shows bridge being constructed. In distance, 1st pier of the bridge that was constructed is visible (on Whidbey side). In center of photo, a 235' wooden trestle is being erected between the north and south bridge approaches on Pass Island; following its completion in 3/1935, railroad track was laid.
Before a bridge spanned the waters of Deception Pass, a ferry system transported travelers between Bout's Point (now called Yokeko Point) on Fidalgo Island and Hoypus Point on Whidbey Island. The idea for the Deception Pass Bridge came from Captain George Morse. As a State Representative in 1907, Morse introduced into the Legislature a bill authorizing construction of a bridge over the pass. Although the bill passed and money was appropriated, the measure was later thrown out of the Legislature. In 1928, a Whidbey Island citizen's group organized another unsuccessful attempt to build the bridge. A new bill, introduced and passed by the Legislature in 1933, finally led to the construction of the bridge. Funding was provided by the Washington Emergency Relief Administration, Island and Skagit Counties, and the Federal Public Works Administration. The contract to build the bridge was awarded to Puget Construction Company on June 22, 1934. Workers started excavation for the pier supports on August 6, 1934, and completed the construction on July 25, 1935. 12,000 people celebrated the opening of the bridge at the dedication ceremony on July 31, 1935.
|Collection||Wallie Funk Collection|
Structure - Bridge
|Credit line||Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection|
|Place||Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands|
Deception Pass bridge
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|