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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Deception Pass, Washinton

Deception Pass
Whidbey Island, Washington
An aerial view of Deception Pass.  This is one of the most visited sights in the state.  The bridge was completed in 1935.
Photo: John Kaiser

postmarked in 2008 with a 42 cent 'sunflower' stamp
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Deception Pass, Washington

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A group of sailors led by Joseph Whidbey, part of the Vancouver Expedition, found and mapped Deception Pass on June 7, 1792. George Vancouver gave it the name "Deception" because it had misled him into thinking Whidbey Island was a peninsula.

The Deception Pass Bridge was completed on on July 31, 1935.  It is  976-foot (297 m) long and connects Whidbey Island to the tiny Pass Island, and Pass Island to Fidalgo Island. Prior to the bridge, travellers and businessmen would use an inter-island ferry to commute between Fidalgo and Whidbey islands.

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