VIDEO: See ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and celebrate 30th anniversary of West Seattle Bridge!Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
Can it really be 30 years since the high-level West Seattle Bridge fully opened to the public?
Time flies, and we are celebrating! It’s a collaboration with Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and other West Seattle businesses on a series of 30th anniversary events this summer called “Bridging the Gap”!
See below for details on the last event in the celebration, a screening of the 1993 film “Sleepless in Seattle” at West Seattle Outdoor Movies, at dusk Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, 4410 California Ave. S.W.
But first, sit back for a few minutes and marvel at this vintage 1973 footage, courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives, by way of Seattle City Council member (and West Seattle resident) Tom Rasmussen:
[This color 1973 footage from the Seattle Municipal Archives looks west and shows the twin Spokane Street bascule bridges in action, opening for a ship headed northbound along the Duwamish River. The span on the left was opened in 1930, and the span on the right was opened in 1924.]
[This color 1973 footage from the Seattle Municipal Archives follows a ship headed northbound along the Duwamish River as it passes through the open Spokane Street Bridges, which connected West Seattle to the rest of the city. The twin spans were opened in 1924 and 1930.]
[This color 1973 footage from the Seattle Municipal Archives looks east from the hill just west of the Fauntleroy Expressway and shows the twin Spokane Street bascule bridges in the distance, then looks west from Beacon Hill and shows the same twin spans in the distance. The spans were opened in 1924 and 1930.]
[This color 1973 footage from the Seattle Municipal Archives shows models depicting plans for a new West Seattle Bridge to replace twin Spokane Street spans that were opened in 1924 and 1930.]
Here’s a video invitation to all of the bridge-a-versary events from Lora Swift, owner of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse:
[In this video, Lora Swift invites you to a multifaceted 30th anniversary celebration of the opening of the high-level West Seattle Bridge in 1984.]
The events run through Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Here are the upcoming events (and scroll to the bottom for coverage of past events):
On sale during the exhibit is a 30th anniversary “Bridging the Gap” T-shirt, based on the original design and manufactured at Seattle Logo Pro (owned by David Groves) in the Junction.
In addition, Hotwire has created and packaged a unique new “Bridge Blend” coffee, available for sale.
Both the T-shirts and the “Bridge Blend” coffee are on sale for $20. A portion of proceeds from sale of the T-shirts and coffee will go to our historical society.
The T-shirts also are on sale at West5 Lounge in the Junction as well as at our “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum.
Saturday evening, Aug. 2, 2014
“Bridging the Gap” T-shirts and “Bridge Blend” coffee beans will be on sale this evening during the showing of the 1993 PG-rated feature film “Sleepless in Seattle,” partially filmed in West Seattle, as part of West Seattle Outdoor Movies in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse courtyard. Proceeds from refreshment sales will go to our historical society.
“Bridging the Gap” events that already have taken place:
Thursday, June 12, through Monday, July 14, 2014
An exhibit of photos telling the story of the West Seattle Bridge and earlier bridges across the Duwamish River opened during West Seattle Art Walk on Thursday evening, June 12, at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, 4410 California Ave. S.W. It continued through Monday, July 14, 2014.
The exhibit featured 19 photographs spanning nearly a century. The two dominant images were”now and then” aerials of the bridge corridor looking north and taken in the mid-1970s and in May 2014. (The latter was contributed by Long Bach Nguyen.)
Curator of the exhibit was Sarah Baylinson, museum manager, assisted by longtime exhibit volunteer Bob Carney.
On hand for the kickoff was graphic artist David Kelliher, a former West Seattleite who created the design for Robinson Newspapers in 1984. He signed T-shirts and spoke about how he came up with the shirt’s fanciful design.
Friday, July 11, through Sunday, July 13, 2014
A Hotwire Online Coffeehouse-hosted booth was of West Seattle Summerfest, in the West Seattle Junction.
Staffed by “Bridging the Gap” T-shirt-wearing Southwest Seattle Historical Society volunteers, the booth featured interactive art in which more than 100 children colored themselves atop the West Seattle Bridge. “Bridging the Gap” T-shirts and “Bridge Blend” coffee beans were on sale at the booth as well.
In addition, during Summerfest we collaborated with the Washington State History Museum to celebrate the state’s 125th birthday. The Olympic marmot mascot Seymour History was present, and visitors could enter a drawing to win Seymour. The drawing is still on. Click here for details.
6:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014
Thirty years to the day from when the West Seattle Bridge was fully opened to the public, we sponsored “Bridging the Gap: The Full Story Told by Those Who Were There,” a free panel presentation.
Speakers were Charles Royer, former Seattle mayor; Bob Royer, former Seattle deputy mayor; Tom Rasmussen, current Seattle City Council member and former aide to then-Seattle City Council member Jeanette Williams;attorney Gerry Johnson, former aide to U.S. Sen. Warren Magnuson; Jack Block, former Port of Seattle commissioner; Bruce Wasell and Tom Mahoney, former Seattle Engineering Department project engineers for the bridge, and Terry Finn, former editor of the West Seattle Herald.
The event venue was the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse courtyard, 4410 California Ave. S.W., and the weather was perfect in the shade. Video to come!
(History note: The high bridge didn’t open all at once. Following the ramming of the low-level bridge by the freighter Chavez on June 11, 1978, construction on the bridge began in 1980. Eastbound lanes opened to the public on Nov. 10, 1983, and westbound lanes opened on July 14, 1984.)