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Whidbey Island
and The Legend of Deception Pass

Chapter Thirty

Coming Dedication Makes the News

The Anacortes Daily Mercury ran a story on the upcoming dedication of the Bridge, with a picture of the entire bridge, Fidalgo, Pass and Whidbey Island sites. The matter of handling traffic appeared to be the greatest problem.

Only official cars were allowed beyond the service station, and those with official invitations to Pass Island. Ten State Patrol officers were on hand and boys from the CCC camp assisted them during the day. L.B. Loers of Oak Harbor, program chairman, said the bridge would be closed to pedestrian traffic at 11:30.

Following the picnic dinner at Cranberry Lake, there was a program of band concerts and introduction of distinguished guests. There were water sports and a horseshoe tournament.

Construction of the bridge was accomplished without a single fatality or serious accident, something unusual for such an engineering feat.

County Commissioners in both Island and Skagit counties proclaimed Dedication Day a general holiday. All stores were closed in Anacortes.

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