The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 28, 1950 · Page 2
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ILITHBVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRTDAY, APRIL 28, 1 HAL POYLTS COLUMN Gab of Galloping Gertie's Girl Jinx Annoys Builder of Bridges TAOOMA, Wash.. (*V—Galloping Oertie. the greatest almmy shaker of the JOth Century, has a daughter who makes her debut this autumn. Trie debutante Is expected to be much rnore stable than her mother, who plumb shook herself to pieces. Who WM Galloping Gertie? Well, the boy« i with r the slide rules nil know the answer to that one. They'll never forget her. Gertie was « bridge—a slender, tremulous suspension bridge—that became the victim of what Is known as "the Pearl Harbor of American civil engineering." Gertie Spanned Narrows It happened on Nov. 7, 1940. when Gertie was just slightly more than four months old. She spanned the breeze-whipped Tacoma Narrows, and lome 265,000 cars had passed across her. Prom the start she had been a very nervous, bridge. She quivered like Giltia Gray — or a plucked guitar string—In any steady wind. ; But on this stormy November day she vibrated herself apart and collapsed In a multi-million dollar ruin Into Puget Sound. A newsman, the Irst person on the bridge, crawled to safety across the twisting roadway before the structure went down. The event shook some of the mathematical certainty out of engineering circles. They learned the sad lesson that wjnd pressure could shake a suspension bridge apart (ts quickly as too great a weight strain could break It In half. The trouble was no one really knew much aboul the areodvnamics of bridges. ': "We Were Goats" "It had to happen sometime and we were just the goats," said Charles E. Andrew, principal engineer of. the Washington Toll Bridge Authority "There was an Instability of design—the bridge was too narrow When It was being built. It swayed so much some of the riveters act'ial- ly became seasick." After it was opened the shimmy antics of Galloping Gertie made her a kind of public entertainment. Thousands drove many. miles Just .for the thrill of going across a bridge that acted like It was a roller coaster. "Sometimes there were 50 cars lined up waiting - to go over," recalled Andrew. "People are funny.' Plans \were drawn to strengthen Oertie. But before they could be carried out the storm came—and Gertie wasn't there anymore. 114 Million Dollar 'How »he has « $14.000,000 daughter rising in her place, a huskier span that will be the world's third longest suspension bridge upon completion this September. And the S,000-foot new bridge embodies new construction principle*. "We spent three and a half years studying aerodynamic oscillation caused by the wind passing over n fixed object," said Andrew. "We tested models in a wind tunnel — just as alrplrine manufacturers do." The research -disclosed that a steady wind of 40 'to 50 miles an hour ' could cause ' more vibration damage than 100 - mile-an-hour gusts. The new bridge has slotted roadwny.i and deep supporting trusses to equallie or nullify wind pressures. Work Wa> Slowed Work on Gertie the 2nd has been slowed by a (ire and an earthquake. But It annoys Andrew greatly eo ^ave her referred to as "the jinx bridge." She Is wider and stronger than'her mother, and built in conformance to aerodynamic principles unknown ten years ago. She 5s constructed to withstand steady winds of 155 mitei an hour, and the highest wind ever recorded across the straits Is only about 84. It was a 45-mlle-an-hdur wind that collapsed Gertie -the First— and Andrew Is certain Gertie's daughter will never meet that fate. When anyone asks how long she'll last, he says confidently: "She'll last longer than you will." Gas Prices Hiked LITTLE ROCK. April 28. fAP) — Most greater Little Rock dealers raised the price of gasoline about one cent a gallon yesterday. They said the boost resulted fiom EI recent hike In wholesale prices. Retail gasoline prices In Little Rock under the increase are, about 29.5 cents lor regular and 31.5 for premium grade. Sailors Visit Singapore SI?»OAF>qfiE. April 28. (AP) — The U.S. aircraft carrier Boxer and two destroyers brought 3,000 American sailors to this British colony today lor a week's visit. With the carrier are the destroyers Floyd B. Parks and John R. Craig. For Improved KIDNEY* FUNCTION In a majority of cases investigated in several hospitals and clinics, subnormal Kidney function was improved. Bladder pain and discomfort reduced after the us* ol Mountain Valley Water. • If your doctor hai diagnosed your condilion as functional Kid- rwy impairment this natural, untreated mineral water may be very beneficial. Try H for a few weeks. N H delicious, pure-tasting, and may b« consumed Freely. Crosstown Whiskey Shop Main & Division MountainValley J Water -^^ : ^ KEEPS WALLS DRV.' BECAUSE BEAUTIFUL SEE/ I MADE OUR. WHITE BRICK OREAM MOUSE REALLY WHITE.' BONDEX OIO IT' ^^H you DARLING-/ rr LOOKS UK* WONDERFUL STUFF' ANO 6ONOEX Womterfrt for STUCCO, CONCKITI BLOCK, AS11STOS SIDING. IN TOU« 70WH FISHING? We cm fBrnhh you wtth vrvryUriBf JOB need for good nahlof. Will buy uy amount el reach**, DIXIELAND BAITERY 111 Chick. Ph. 4303 SHOE REPAIRING SAVES MONEY! Prompt Service Expert Workmanship Hfl LTCRS QUBL1TY SHOC SHO |f» ^V*-*' ' .'*t "«<«•'<'<* - ,/ 5*5** W« i ?</*' '' f . t , ->/*,/ -/ >; » „ / ^ l i%&<,"?X* '*> ''-/\,*A"<* Comes the New... And the new New York Store will be truly a sight to behold! For $50,000 '* oeiftg spent on the tremendous remodeling project now in progress . . . remodeling designed in every detail to bring you the smartest ladies' ready-to- wear store in this entire area. The new New York Store when completed early in June will be almost double in size . . . soft, luxurious carpets will extend from wall to wall . . . modern fixtures will grace the display room . . . fluorescent lighting will play its part in the new design . . . and air-conditioning will make shopping a cool, pleasurable experience. However, at the present time there is some annoying disturbance from the activity of workmen in the rear of the store. We ask you to bear with us until soon we can bring you a fashion center offering a great selection of America's finest popularly priced clothes ... a store you will be proud to hare in Blytheville, It's coming soon. the NEW YORK STORE

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