Puyallup Avenue Bridge Slideshow

  • By John Caldbick
  • Posted 9/05/2013
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 10460

The Puyallup Avenue Bridge in Pierce County crosses the Puyallup River and links Tacoma to the small city of Fife to its east. It was opened in 1927 as one of the last Washington segments of the famed Pacific Highway, which eventually ran unbroken from British Columbia to the Mexican border. As of 2013, the bridge had been in constant use for over 85 years. Linked by sections of reinforced concrete, Its five steel-truss spans cross dikes, railroad lines, and the Puyallup River and are part of a still-important arterial freight corridor that serves Tacoma's port and industrial areas.



"The Pacific Highway," The New York Times, July 10, 1921 (http://www.nytimes.com/); "Autoists Organize Highway Association," The Seattle Times, September 20, 1910, p. 9; HistoryLink.org Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, "Samuel Hill celebrates international peace and dedicates the Pacific Highway at Blaine on July 4, 1915" (by Richard Clark), and "Puyallup Avenue Bridge" (by John Caldbick), and "Politicians, officials, and members of the public dedicate Pacific Highway's Puyallup Avenue Bridge linking Tacoma and Fife on January 8, 1927" (by John Caldbick), http://www.historylink.org/ (accessed August  11-13, 2013).

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