Black & White Tuesday: 4-29-14

B&W Tuesday 4-29-14

I haven’t posted a new Black and White Tuesday photo for a few weeks but after our Sunday afternoon hike around Deception Pass State Park I’ve got plenty of new photos ready to share.

In the spring of 1792, Joseph Whidbey, master of HMS Discovery and Captain Vancouver‘s chief navigator proved that it was not really a small bay as charted by the Spaniards (hence the name “Deception”), but a deep and turbulent channel that connects the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Saratoga Passage, which separates the mainland from what they believed was a peninsula (actually Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island). Thomas Coupe, a sea captain and founder of Coupeville, was the only man ever to sail a full-rigged ship through the strait discovered by Whidbey.

In the early years of the 20th century, travelers of the horse-and-buggy era used an unscheduled ferry to cross from Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island. To call the ferry, they banged a saw with a mallet and then sat back to wait.

The bridge, one of the scenic wonders of the Pacific Northwest, is actually two spans, one over Canoe Pass to the north, and another over Deception Pass to the south. Construction began in August 1934, and the completed bridge was dedicated at noon on July 31, 1935. The Wallace Bridge and Structural Co. of Seattle, Washington provided 460 tons of steel for the 511-foot Canoe Pass arch and 1130 tons for the 976-foot Deception Pass span. The cost of the New Deal-era construction was $482,000, made possible through the Public Works Administration and county funds.

In 1982, the bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

It cost more to paint the spans in 1983 than to build them in 1935. They were painted again in 1997.

Source – Wikipedia Deception Pass Bridge

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34 thoughts on “Black & White Tuesday: 4-29-14

      1. I had a wonderful visit! I went on the Ferris Wheel in Seattle – it was a lot of fun! Thanks to you and your inspiration to give it a try! 🙂

  1. Redneck Garage

    There are so many beautiful bridges in the Pacific Northwest. Most of our steel structure bridges in the S.F. Bay area have been replaced by concrete bridges with no character. The black and white image gives this picture character just like the bridge.

  2. Lovely photo Lisa. I like that you shot it from below in B&W. It’s timeless. Getting a little nostalgic. I used to cross that bridge daily and our family spent a LOT of time in the park. 🙂

    1. I remember one of you great photos of this bridge, Iris but didn’t know you crossed it daily! The park is wonderful and I wish we had more time to explore but we’ll make a return trip soon. 🙂

  3. What a great shot! Wow!!! I love the angle you took the bridge at. What a feeling of soaring to the Heavens!!! Perfect the way you captured it and made it to a B&W. Great job!!! Love, Amy

    1. Thanks so much, Amy! It was so fun to climb under the bridge and around the rocks and we couldn’t get over the view of actually looking up at the bridge. I’m glad some of our awe of the angle came through in this photo. 🙂

  4. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall (Deception Pass Bridge) | Northwest Frame of Mind

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