(1) The most recent additions are: An original Galloping Gertie Toll Booth Ticket booklet from 1940, a hard to find 1950 Newspaper edition featuring the Opening Day of Sturdy Gerty, a rare 1950 Narrows Bridge ashtray, and a Unique hand made Narrows bridge plate- all in the BRIDGEABILIA section. Also, an original Grand Opening Program of the Tacoma 11th Street bridge from 1913. This is in the LOCAL BRIDGES section. And an excellent view from the sky of the Opening Day of the 1950 bridge. This is in the PHOTOS 1950 section.
(2) A New Addition to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge family: a separate website has been started which is dedicated to the subject of Tacoma, Washington history. It features many catagories and replaces the old Tacoma History section of this website with so much more ! To check it out Click Here
(3) A very rare 1940 Narrows bridge Official Opening booklet that was never been known to exist before. And a unique handmade mailing envelope of the 1940 bridge opening. These are in the BRIDGEABILIA section. Also we have new photos of the 1940 (including a panoramic photo) and 1950 bridges during construction and post-collapse in the PHOTOS sections.
(4) A very significant discovery- an original 1940 Galloping Gertie Sixth Avenue Business Club certificate for the President, and one of the main group of organizations that led the fight to get the bridge built. This unique item can be seen in the BRIDGEABILIA section.
(5) Two original Galloping Gertie photos not seen before. One is a construction shot showing strange smoke coming from the bridge, and the 2nd is a post-collapse shot. These are in the PHOTOS 1940 section. Also, a rare pre-construction newspaper feature that includes both the Narrows and Lake Washington bridges. Only one other example of this paper is known to exist! This is shown in the BRIDGEABILIA section.
(6) Two groups of original press photos from the 1940 and 1950 bridges These show many details not seen before, and they are in the PHOTOS 1940 and PHOTOS 1950 sections. Among the press photos is one of a rather historic fellow- Winfield Brown who was on the bridge & survived the collapse. He was one of the last men to get off the bridge that fateful day in 1940. He can be seen in the PEOPLE section. And in the BRIDGEABILIA section is a hard to find Toll Ticket, a very rare Postal 1st Day Cover from July 1 of 1940, and a couple of unusual postcards.
(7) A News Story on the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor, Washington. The museum is excellent, a must-see with great exhibits. Unfortunately, they have Fake Galloping Gertie fragments which are on display at the entrance. To read all about the deception Click Here to go straight to the story.