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Catalog Number WF 2141
Caption Deception Pass bridge construction
Description View of the construction of Deception Pass Bridge. Looking east from Bowman's Bay toward Pass Island, shows bridge being constructed. The view looks up 180 feet to the underside of the bridge that has been completed from Fidalgo Island to Pass Island; it is 450 feet long total, with a main span of 350 feet. Construction of the bridge from Pass Island to Whidbey has begun. A boat towing a raft of logs is visible on the right side of the photo in Deception Pass.

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
log raft
Object Name Print, Photographic