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On Sunday, Newport celebrated the 75th anniversary of the construction of the Yaquina Bay Bridge which was completed in 1936. Two hundred and twenty Depression era workers labored to properly form 30,000 cubic yards of concrete and fabricate 3,100 tons of steel over a distance of six-tenths of a mile to connect South Beach to Newport proper. It was formally opened to traffic September 6, 1936, but its formal dedication at the time was October 3, 1936.
And it was quite the party with information displays around town, a video recording of an expert panel discussion of just about everything connected to the bridge, coloring contests by elementary school children, poems in honor of the bridge written by high schoolers and others, and a grand procession across the bridge Sunday, complete with the Coast Guard honor guard, the Newport High School Band and Cheerleaders, hikers, bikers and a long line of vintage cars from the 1930’s that looked, at 75, almost as good as the bridge.
The celebration was organized by the Yaquina Bay Bridge 75th Anniversary Committee and the Lincoln County Historical Society. Enjoy the video.