|Title||Workmen building Lake Washington floating bridge, Mercer Island, 1940 |
|Caption||Work on the world's first large-scale floating bridge began in the late 1930s, and the bridge opened for traffic on July 2, 1940. The concrete roadway from Seattle to the eastern shore of Lake Washington floats on pontoons which are anchored to the lake bottom. The bridge helped the World War II war effort by shortening the commute between Seattle's eastern suburbs and the downtown industrial area. It also helped lead to the expansion of the suburbs. |
|Notes||Handwritten on image: Mercer Island Bridge.|
Handwritten on sleeve: Seattle - bridges - Lake Washington - construction, with John Wissler, Don Mickel, V. Campanella.
Caption by MOHAI staff.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): May 6, 1940.
|Subjects||Bridge construction--Washington (State)--Mercer Island; Laborers--Washington (State)--Mercer Island; Lacey V. Murrow Bridge (Mercer Island and Seattle, Wash.) |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Mercer Island |
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||PI20569 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 nitrate negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from print made from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 600 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |