Faculty Update: Michael Sullivan Relates Stories of Tacoma in the Time of the First Narrows Bridge

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The bridge’s short life and sudden death have become a cultural benchmark for Tacoma, a landmark of time and place that divides old Tacoma with its busy downtown, crowded street cars and distinct ethnic neighborhoods from the modern post-war city of automobiles, freeways, shopping malls and suburban neighborhoods.

The School of IAS division of Social and Historical Studies' (SHS) Michael Sullivan, who has been “teaching and writing about the history of Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington for more than 20 years,” relates stories about the Tacoma of the first Narrows bridge, to go down in infamy as “Galloping Gertie” when it collapsed into the water in 1940.

“Tacoma lost more than just a bridge the day Galloping Gertie fell,” by Michael Sullivan, The News Tribune, Nov. 6, 2015, (paywall).

Sullivan will teach THIST 445--History of Tacoma Winter quarter 2016--registration is now open.
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Written by: 
Meridith Hatch / November 16, 2015