Tuesday, 19 November 2013

A Good History for Reading

If you have ten minutes and enjoy a short piece of American history, then I'll suggest the WDOT story over the Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, which collapsed in 1940.

The Narrows Bridge was erected and functional in the spring of 1940.  Even from day one....the construction crews had some bits of worry over how the bridge reacted to wind.

The bridge stood for roughly 200 days, before collapsing over the stress of wind.  Interestingly enough.....no human died from the collapse.....just a dog.

Six million 1940 dollars were spent on it's construction.  It was a toll-deal.....never recovering it's money, and a loss for the state.

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