This date in 1940: 'Galloping Gertie' collapse in windstorm

Footage from November 7, 1940.

On this date in 1940, one of the most spectacular bridge collapses in U.S. history occurred in Western Washington.

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, nicknamed "Galloping Gertie," fell into the sound during a windstorm on November 7, 1940. The bridge's collapse was a lesson in poor design and engineering.

Luckily, no was killed or seriously hurt in the incident. One dog did die.


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