Crossing the Pass

Crossing the Pass (HM15RH)

Location: Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Greenbrier County
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Country: United States of America
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N 48° 24.462', W 122° 38.66'

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Past to Present

Before the bridge was completed in 1935, the only way to cross Deception Pass was by boat.

If you wanted to take your car from Whidbey to Fidalgo Island in 1929 your crossing would look like this, aboard the MV Acorn.

Your captain could have been Berte Olson, the first female ferry captain on Puget Sound.

The ferry made several runs daily from Hoypus Point on Whidbey Island to Yokeko Point on Fidalgo Island.

Today you can still see evidence on the ferry landing at each site.

Imagine how different you journey today would be without the Bridge.

In 2007 the Washington Department of Transportaion (WSDOT) began replacing the original guard rails on the approaches to the Deception Pass Bridge. The original rails were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.

The new rails were designed to meet modern safety needs and honor the work done by the CCC. More than 700 cars crossed the bridge the first hour it opened. In 2008, fourteen to sixteen thousand cars a day crossed the Deception Pass Bridge on average. WSDOT funded these signs as part of the Guard Rail replacement project. To Learn More, visit the Pass Island Overlook and the South Bridge Parking Lot.

(Photo caption, right side: Section of original rails near Pass Lake.)
HM NumberHM15RH
Placed ByWashington State Department of Transportation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 1:44pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10U E 526321 N 5361677
Decimal Degrees48.40770000, -122.64433333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 24.462', W 122° 38.66'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 24' 27.72" N, 122° 38' 39.60" W
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Area Code(s)360
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 172 Church St, Oak Harbor WA 98277, US
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