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Historic preservationists to gather on Tacoma’s rusting Murray Morgan Bridge

Post by News Tribune Staff on May 21, 2008 at 11:40 am | No Comments »
May 21, 2008 11:40 am

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation plans to announce its 2008 list of “Most Endangered Historic Properties” at a press conference next week on the Murray Morgan Bridge.

Not surprisingly, the bridge makes the list, according to a press release the group issued today.

The group calls the Murray Morgan Bridge, formerly known as the 11th Street Bridge, an “engineering marvel,” and a span that “plays a rich part in the city’s social history and overall development.”

The Washington state Department of Transportation closed the bridge to vehicles in October for safety reasons, but it’s not beyond repair, according to a consultant hired by the City of Tacoma.

The press conference is Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Here’s more about the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation:

Since initiating its Most Endangered Historic Properties List in 1992, the Washington Trust has identified nearly 100 historically significant resources in peril of being lost forever. Inclusion in our annual list is intended to raise awareness of the challenges facing historic resources across the state and to encourage collaboration with all stakeholders to develop preservation strategies. In numerous instances, Most Endangered status has worked to facilitate solutions that promote the historic significance of sites while retaining the resources as viable, functional components of our neighborhoods and communities.

Tacoma’s old Elks building is on the group’s 2007 “Watch List.”

The First United Methodist Church was on its 2006 Most Endangered List, before it was demolished last year.

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