Knute Berger

Mossback's Northwest

Host Knute Berger mines the Pacific Northwest's historical and cultural nuggets. Learn hidden backstories behind the region's most interesting treasures and discover why they're still relevant today.

Why the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was nicknamed Galloping Gertie

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is one of the epic civil engineering failures of all time. Immediately after its August 1940 grand opening, motorists and engineers alike realized that something was not quite right with it. The bridge deck undulated in waves, up and down, and the bridge was quickly nicknamed "Galloping Gertie."