Tacoma Narrows

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This article is about the strait of Puget Sound. For the bridge that spans this strait, see Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Map of the Tacoma Narrows
The Tacoma Narrows as viewed from Tacoma, facing northwest towards the Kitsap Peninsula. The towers for the 2007 Tacoma Narrows Bridge are under construction in this photograph; the 1950 Tacoma Narrows Bridge is to the right of the new bridge construction.

The Tacoma Narrows (or The Narrows), a strait, is part of Puget Sound in the U.S. state of Washington. A navigable maritime waterway between glacial landforms, the Narrows separates the Kitsap Peninsula from the city of Tacoma.

The Narrows is spanned by the twin Tacoma Narrows Bridges (State Route 16). An earlier bridge collapsed shortly after it opened. Some of the largest octopuses in the world, the Giant Pacific Octopus, live among the ruins of the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge.[1]

In 1841 Charles Wilkes, during the United States Exploring Expedition, named the strait simply Narrows. Its name was formally set as The Narrows by Henry Kellett during the British Admiralty chart reorganization of 1847.[2]

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  1. ^ "Puget Sound Octopus Survey 2001". Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  2. ^ Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3. 

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Coordinates: 47°17′N 122°32′W / 47.28°N 122.54°W / 47.28; -122.54