April 1st, 2020

Murrow links to two state bridges

I saw this image last week on a Facebook group page dedicated to historic photos from around the state. This is a 1940 photo of the Lake Washington bridge named in honor of Lacey V. Murrow. Two facts of local interest: 1) Lacey was the older brother of famous CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow, who graduated from Edison High School (now Burlington-Edison) and attended WSU before WWII news coverage launched his career. 2) Lacey was for a time in charge of what is now the state Department of Transportation (WSDOT). As such, he was a key player on the engineering and construction of Deception Pass Bridge, opened in 1935.

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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