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This web page contains the original footage of the 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, a mile-long suspension bridge in the state of Washington. The collapse occurred due to strong gusting winds which drove the span into large-amplitude oscillatory motion. The footage is 2 minutes, 35 seconds in length.
The collapse of the bridge was recorded on film by Barney Elliott, owner of a Tacoma camera shop. In 1998, The Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The sound track which accompanies this archived film clip is also an historic item, originally recorded for a 1940's documentary.
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