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Catalog Number WF 2142
Caption Deception Pass Bridge
Description This view of the newly completed Deception Pass Bridge was taken from the southern end of Fidalgo Island. The span to Pass Island is 450 feet long total, with a main span of 350 feet; the span from Pass Island to Whidbey is 900 feet long with a main span of 550 feet. This postcard view is labeled, "Deception Pass Bridge - Anacortes, Wash., Brady."

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.
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Fidalgo Island
Whidbey Island
Structure - Bridge
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands
Search Terms Deception Pass bridge
construction
1935
Object Name Print, Photographic