Before the Bridge
— Welcome to Deception Pass State Park —It's hard to imagine Deception Pass without the bridge. But until 1935, the gap between Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island could only be crossed by boat. In 1924 a small ferry called the Deception Pass began running between Yokeko Point and Hoypus Point. It was owned and operated by Berte Olson, the first female captain in the state of Washington. Service was, by most accounts, infrequent, and the route was often canceled due to turbulent water conditions. Patrons summoned the ferry by hitting an old saw with a mallet. Fares were 50 cents for a car and driver, and 75 cents for larger vehicles. Though she was barely five feet tall, Olson was known as a force to be reckoned with. For years she fought to prevent the construction of the bridge, even persuaded the governor to veto a bill funding the project that had passed the state legislature unanimously. The ferry went out of service shortly after the bridge was completed.
|Placed By||Deception Pass Park Foundation, Deception Pass State Park, and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 1:07pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10U E 526334 N 5361673|
|Decimal Degrees||48.40766667, -122.64415000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 48° 24.46', W 122° 38.649'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||48° 24' 27.60" N, 122° 38' 38.94" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1513 Fifth St, Oak Harbor WA 98277, US|
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