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From Your Corner of Washington: Puget Sound sailing ?>

From Your Corner of Washington: Puget Sound sailing

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On many summer days, you’re bound to see sailboats plying the waters of Puget Sound. In fact, Washington is renowned for its many boat lovers. This photo shows several weekend mariners near Shilshoe Bay.

We invite you to e-mail your photos and stories to us as part of an ongoing feature called “From Your Corner of Washington” – we want to gather images of landscapes, homes, views, and personal narratives from all over the state.

Q) How do I submit a photo or story to be used in “From Your Corner of  Washington”?
A) Please send your text or image attachment (in JPG format) via e-mail to Stephanie Horn at Stephanie.Horn@sos.wa.gov.

Q) What are the guidelines for submissions?
A) All submissions will be screened according to our blog use policy.

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April Archives treasure #1: Cross-sound bridge plans ?>

April Archives treasure #1: Cross-sound bridge plans

(Map courtesy of Washington State Archives)

Whether you’re a commuter or tourist, taking a ferry across Puget Sound is one of those fun experiences unique to our state. It’s hard to beat the view of Downtown Seattle at sunset or dusk as you arrive on a ferry sailing from Bremerton or Bainbridge Island.

Believe it not, there were once plans afoot to replace the ferries with a series of bridges that would cross Puget Sound.  Here is a 1965 analysis on cross-sound bridge crossings prepared for the Washington State Highway Commission. And here is the Guide to the Records of the Washington Toll Bridge Authority covering 1937 to ‘77.  The guide includes this info on the grand idea:

“In 1951, Washington State bought the Puget Sound Transportation Company’s fleet of “Black Ball Line” ferries, and the Toll Bridge Authority took on the responsibility of running and funding the ferry system. Many considered ferries to be only a stopgap measure to transport people until bridges were built across Puget Sound, which would replace all ferries. Much work went into planning as many as five cross-sound bridges, as well as bridges between the various San Juan Islands, before the idea was finally dropped. The only one of the cross-Sound bridges to be built was the Hood Canal Bridge.”

Above is a color map from the 1965 cross-sound bridges proposal.

The cross-sound bridge plans and the map represent the first example in the April edition of State Archives treasures contest. Two more “contenders” will be featured later this week before we ask you and others to choose your favorite in an online poll.

From Your Corner of Washington: Model Ts invade Puget Sound ?>

From Your Corner of Washington: Model Ts invade Puget Sound

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It isn’t every day that you see dozens of vintage Model Ts cruising on a highway or street. But that’s what happened last weekend in the Puget Sound area as members of the Model T Ford Club International finished driving more than 50 of these classic cars coast to coast from New York City to Seattle.

Go here to read more about the “2009 Ocean-to-Ocean in a Model T” event, which began June 14.

After the cars and drivers stayed Thursday night at Snoqualmie Pass, they rolled through North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City and Preston before stopping for the next two nights in Issaquah. The rally concluded yesterday as the entourage traveled through Renton and then north along the Seattle side of Lake Washington before stopping for good at Drumheller Fountain on the University of Washington campus.       

The event reenacted the coast-to-coast race of 1909 Ocean-to-Ocean Automobile Race. The “tin lizzies” came to Seattle for the Centennial Celebration of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Helle