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Oak Harbor in Island County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Crossing the Pass

Past to Present

 
 
Crossing the Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
1. Crossing the Pass Marker
Inscription.  Before the bridge was completed in 1935, the only way to cross Deception Pass was by boat.

If you wanted to take your car from Whidbey to Fidalgo Island in 1929 your crossing would look like this, aboard the MV Acorn.

Your captain could have been Berte Olson, the first female ferry captain on Puget Sound.

The ferry made several runs daily from Hoypus Point on Whidbey Island to Yokeko Point on Fidalgo Island.

Today you can still see evidence on the ferry landing at each site.

Imagine how different you journey today would be without the Bridge.

In 2007 the Washington Department of Transportaion (WSDOT) began replacing the original guard rails on the approaches to the Deception Pass Bridge. The original rails were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.

The new rails were designed to meet modern safety needs and honor the work done by the CCC. More than 700 cars crossed the bridge the first hour it opened. In 2008, fourteen to sixteen thousand cars a day crossed the Deception Pass Bridge on average. WSDOT funded these signs as part of the Guard Rail
Deception Pass and Crossing the Pass Markers image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
2. Deception Pass and Crossing the Pass Markers
"Crossing the Pass" marker is in the background.
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replacement project. To Learn More, visit the Pass Island Overlook and the South Bridge Parking Lot.

(Photo caption, right side: Section of original rails near Pass Lake.)
 
Erected by Washington State Department of Transportation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
 
Location. 48° 24.462′ N, 122° 38.66′ W. Marker is in Oak Harbor, Washington, in Island County. Marker is on Deception Pass Bridge. This marker is located on Pass Island which is between the northern and southern sections of the Deception Island Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 42999 Deception Pass Bridge, Oak Harbor WA 98277, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Deception Pass (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Deception 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
Deception Pass and Deception Pass Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
3. Deception Pass and Deception Pass Bridge
(approx. 4.7 miles away); Douglas Fir (approx. 5.7 miles away); Ship Harbor (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oak Harbor.
 
More about this marker. This marker has been replaced by the Deception Pass: Before the Bridge marker in the same location.
 
Deception Pass Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
4. Deception Pass Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 410 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 21, 2021