H.W. McCurdy Collection on the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co., 1900-1945  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
McCurdy, H. W. (Horace Winslow), 1899-
Title
H.W. McCurdy Collection on the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co.
Dates
1900-1945 (inclusive)
Quantity
7 boxes, (6 linear feet)
Collection Number
1955.970.500
Summary
Photographs of various projects undertaken by the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company, including shipbuilding, bridges, dams, and buildings, plus scrapbooks of clippings, and blueprints
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Founded in 1889, the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company was destined to become one of Seattle's most important companies. Whether under the title Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company or Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, their hand can be seen in most major construction sites in the Pacific Northwest including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California. In addition, they are responsible for many ships, including some of the Washington State ferries and many naval vessels during and after World War II.

Some of the highlights in the history of this company include:

1909-1910
Hydraulic Dredges construct Harbor Island, the largest man-made island for thirty-five years--second now only to Treasure Island in San Francisco. Harbor Island was the site of the company since the thirties.
1924
The Dexter Horton Building was constructed in Seattle. At fourteen stories, it was the largest reinforced concrete building in the United States west of Chicago.
1927
A steel cantilever bridge was constructed over the Snake River at Twin Falls, Idaho.
1939
Construction began on the Lake Washington Floating Bridge.
WWII
WWII provided a boom in contracts for the company with the Navy. In conjunction with their Canadian affiliate, the British Columbia Bridge and Dredging Company, they constructed Naval bases in Alaska at Sitka, Dutch Harbor and Kodiak. In addition the BCB & D built a Point of Embarkation at Prince Rupert for the Army.
Eighty-two ships were constructed for the Navy as well, with a record fifteen (five of three different types) ships being delivered in one day.
1959
Company purchased by Lockheed.

More recent projects include the Grand Coulee Dam, much of the Interstate 5 bridges and roadways through Seattle, and the San Fernando Tunnel in California. They have continued to build ships ranging from dredges, tugs and ferries to mine sweepers, ice breakers and guided missile frigates, mostly for the Navy, Coast Guard and the states of Washington and Alaska.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists almost entirely of photographs taken to document various construction and shipbuilding projects undertaken by the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company in the Pacific Northwest, including bridges, dams, dredging, and building construction. Some notable projects represented in the collection include the Lake Washington floating bridge, the University of Washington stadium, and the Dexter Horton Building, all in Seattle. Two albums of photos document warships built during World War II. The collection also includes scrapbooks of relevant newspaper clippings and blueprints.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

H.W. McCurdy Collection on the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co., Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Headquarters, offices and yards / McCurdy portrait
1 2
People
1 3
"How We Did It," album
1900-1909
1 4
Carson City office
before 1942
1 5
Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC
1908
1 6
Puyallup River Bridge
1911
1 7 1915
1 8 1918
1 9 1920
1 10 1920
1 11 1920
1 12
University of Washington stadium
Asahel Curtis (photographer)
1920
1 13 1920 Nov 27
1 14
Dredge PUGET SOUND
circa 1924
1 15
Garza Dam, Texas
1924-1925
1 16
Garza Dam, Texas
1924-1925
1 17
North Coast Railroad -- Columbia River Bridge
1 18
Estacada Dam (album)
1910-1911
1 19
Lilly's Cont. (album)
1910
2 20
Washington Iron Works (album)
1910
2 21
Jordan River Dam (album)
1912-1913
2 22
Jordan River Dam
2 23
Temple of Justice
2 24
Temple of Justice (album)
2 25
Seattle School District No. 1 warehouse & shop building (album)
2 26
Pasco-Kennewick Bridge Gravenslund
2 27
Texas dam
2 28
Diversion dam, Texas
1922-1923
2 29
Panoramas
2 30
Falls Creek Dam, (album)
1922-1923
2 31
Clinton Court Apartments, Walla Walla
Arnold McFaden (photographer)
1922-1927
2 32
Washington Iron Works
1923
2 33 1922
2 34
Dexter Horton Building (album)
1922
3 35
3 36 1923
3 37
High Bridge, PNW Traction, Bellingham
3 38
Pacific S.S. Terminal
1924
3 39
Wishkah River Bridge, Aberdeen
Anderson (photographer)
1924-1925
3 40
Garza Dam, Dallas, Texas
1924
3 41
Meridian Avenue Bridge, Puyallup
1925
3 42
Transmission towers, Henderson Bay, Tacoma
1925
3 43
Chehalis River Bridge, Aberdeen
Anderson (photographer)
1926
3 44
Bridge of the Gods, Wauna toll bridge near Hood River, OR
3 45
Little Hoquiam Bascule
1926
3 46
Dredge GENERAL WOLFE, Quebec
Edwards (photographer)
circa 1927
3 47
San Juan Pulp Mill, Bellingham
1926
3 48
Georgia Hotel, Vancouver, BC
Bullen (photographer)
1926
3 49
Pacific Coast Paper Mills, Bellingham
Sandison (photographer)
Jukes (photographer)
3 50
Twin Lakes Bridge, Idaho
circa 1927
3 51
Gateway Bridge, Brownsville, Texas,
1928
3 52
Simpson Avenue Bridge, Hoquiam
1927-1928
3 53
Brewster Toll Bridge, Okanogan Co.
Simmer (photographer)
1928
3 54
Fisher Body Co. Seawall, Duwamish Waterway
1929
3 55 1929-1931
3 56
Centralia Power Plant, Yelm (album)
circa 1930
3 57
Centralia Power Plant, Yelm
circa 1930
3 58
Pennock Island
Alask Fisher Studio (photographer)
1931
3 59
Seward, Alaska dredging
1931
3 60
Wenatchee River Bridge
1932
3 61
Christmas dinner on VICTORIA at Sitka
1939
3 62
Santa Monica breakwater
1933
3 63
San Joaquin River dredging
1932
3 64
SS NORTHWESTERN
1940
3 65
Columbia River rock renewal
4 66
Lake Washington pontoon bridge
Simmer (photographer)
1939
4 67
Lake Washington pontoon bridge (album)
1939
4 68
Alaskan air bases
1940-1942
4 69
Longview, Wash.
1943
4 70
Misc. bridges -- statewide
4 71
Misc. bridges
4 72
Burned dredge SEATTLE, OLYMPIAN
4 73
Dredges -- misc.
4 74
Dredge TACOMA
1912-1921
4 75
Dredge PORTLAND
4 76
Chuckanut Bay fill
Sandison (photographer)
4 77
Mausoleums and cemeteries
4 78
Columbia River Bridge (negatives)
4 79
Misc. negatives
5
Warship launches/christenings (album)
1944-1945
5
Warship launches/christenings (album)
1942-1944
7
Oversize photographs
3 photographs
Christening of the Tom McCurdy II, S.S. Alaska, unidentified Tacoma ship

:  Scrapbooks, Return to Top

Container(s): Box

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
5
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings -- bridges & canals
5
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings -- waterways
6
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings -- canals, waterways, dredging
6
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings -- Lake Washington Bridge, Unit # 4
7
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings -- Alaska Air Bases from August 31, 1939

:  Blueprints, Return to Top

Container(s): Box

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
5
Blueprints of East waterway and Canal waterway
1897-1900
5
Blueprints of other waterways

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Bridges -- Design and Construction -- Photographs
  • Dams -- Design and Construction -- Photographs
  • Shipbuilding -- Washington (State) -- Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints