Here’s the scoop on all the fun surrounding the 75th anniversary of the first crossing of the depression-era construction of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in 1936. Provided by the Lincoln County Historical Society, and the Chamber of Commerce:
The main event weekend, October 1 and 2.
Saturday, October 1 features:
Gallery showings in City Hall and the History Center’s Log Cabin.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. is a panel discussion located in City Hall
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. is a history walk from City Hall to the Bridge
Sunday, October 2 features:
Sunday afternoon from 12 to 4 p.m. starts under the north side of the bridge between the bayfront and Yaquina Bay State Park. There will be a community picnic with 1930’s-style dress (optional), food, entertainment and formal ceremonies. A bridge walk is scheduled to open the Sunday event with everyone meeting on the south side of the bridge and led by a collection of 1930’s-style cars – all of which ends at the field under the bridge where the main event will occur.
11:45 a.m. Meet on the south side of the bridge for Bridge Walk.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Bridge Walk begins
12 p.m. Entertainment and picnic begins (bring your own picnic – optional) under north end of bridge
2 p.m. Formal ceremonies
4 p.m. End of event
For more information on the event call Michelle at Instant Replay Sports at 541-265-9202.
Historic Facts About the Yaquina Bay Bridge
The Yaquina Bay Bridge opened for traffic on Labor Day in 1936, and was dedicated on Saturday, October 3, 1936.
Original dedication festivities included a parade and banquet and featured two destroyers, a squadron of seaplanes, the 7th Infantry band, and a company of soldiers from Vancouver barracks.
It was designed by famed architect Conde McCullough, who designed 600 bridges around the world, including many along the Oregon coast. He passed away in 1946 and was for many years a professor at Oregon State University.
The 3,260-foot-long bridge has two 350-foot steel arches, one main 600-foot steel arch, five reinforced concrete arches spanning up to 265 feet, and reinforced concrete deck girder approaches. Construction removed 19,830 cubic yards of earth and consumed 54,000 cubic yards of gravel, 96,191 lineal feet of piling, 28,021 cubic yards of concrete, 2,192,269 pounds of reinforcing steel, and 3,819,051 pounds of structural steel. (Courtesy Oregon State Archives)