Deception Pass State Park in Island County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Before the Bridge
—Welcome to Deception Pass State Park —
It's hard to imagine Deception Pass without the bridge. But until 1935, the gap between Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island could only be crossed by boat. In 1924 a small ferry called the Deception Pass began running between Yokeko Point and Hoypus Point. It was owned and operated by Berte Olson, the first female captain in the state of Washington. Service was, by most accounts, infrequent, and the route was often canceled due to turbulent water conditions. Patrons summoned the ferry by hitting an old saw with a mallet. Fares were 50 cents for a car and driver, and 75 cents for larger vehicles. Though she was barely five feet tall, Olson was known as a force to be reckoned with. For years she fought to prevent the construction of the bridge, even persuaded the governor to veto a bill funding the project that had passed the state legislature unanimously. The ferry went out of service shortly after the bridge was completed.
The Deception Pass Bridge
Whidbey Island residents began lobbying the state government to fund the construction of a bridge to Fidalgo Island, which already had a bridge to the mainland in the 1890s. After decades of broken promises and two vetoes, a bill was finally passed and construction of the bridge began in August 1934 during the Great Depression.
The Wallace Bridge
The Bridge by the Numbers
• Total length: 1,487 feet (Canoe Pass span: 511 feet, Deception Pass span: 976 feet)
• Road width: 22 feet
• Height: approximately 180 feet from the water (depending on tides)
• Roughly 15,000 cars cross the bridge each day
Erected by Deception Pass Park Foundation, Deception Pass State Park, and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 48° 24.46′ N, 122° 38.649′ W. Marker is in Deception Click for map. Marker is located on Pass Island, between the northern and southern sections of the Deception Island Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Oak Harbor WA 98277, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Deception Pass (a few steps from this marker); Crossing the Pass (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Deception Pass (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Deception Pass (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Deception Pass (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Navy Patrol and Reconnaissance Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Douglas Fir (approx. 5.7 miles away); Ship Harbor (approx. 6.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Deception Pass State Park.
More about this marker. This marker has replaced by the Crossing the Pass marker that was in the same location.
Also see . . . Deception Pass State Park WA. (Submitted on May 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Environment • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
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