The Lost Angle

New documentary unveils never-before-seen footage of the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. 

It's a rare delight that something buried for the better part of a century comes to light, and casts new light on a major historical event. And not just any event, but one that's still watched and studied in engineering classes around the world. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge was briefly and affectionately known as Gallopin' Gertie for the way its deck bucked in the wind during the four months between the ribbon cutting on July 1, 1940, and when it became an obstacle for fish on Nov. 7 of the same year. 

So take a few minutes to watch the documentary here (courtesy of Grit City Magazine and the Meraki Agency), immerse yourself in the world of Tacoma circa 1940, and then plan your trip here to live the history yourself (thankfully, with a new, sturdier bridge) through one of our history-embracing itineraries. Or book your own tour with the narrator of the film, Chris Staudinger of Pretty Gritty Tours.