Tacoma Narrows bridge collapses in Tacoma, Washington. Vehicles passing under Tacoma bridge. Car parked on the bridge as it starts swaying. The Tacoma bridge, aka "Galloping Gertie" collapses from the center. Part of broken bridge falls into water.
Panorama of business district Tacoma in Washington, United States. Aerial view of buildings. A drawbridge. Ships at anchor. Pacific Avenue, the main business artery of Tacoma. Horse-drawn vans and pedestrian traffic. Several parks and open spaces in the city. Residential areas in the city. Point Defiance Park. Exterior of several buildings. Men walking in parks and towards the buildings. Complete change of scene, from Tacoma, to views of the first Thurston County Courthouse, in Olympia, Washington, where the State Legislature met in a new East Wing, from 1905 to 1927. (Aka the old Capitol).
Sightseers and several parked cars are seen on one bank of the Tacoma Narrows. They are watching undulations of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, called "Galloping Gertie" in the State of Washington, United States. Scene shifts to the bridge roadway as vibrations and oscillations increase leading to the total destruction of the the bridge. Pulsating winds blowing through the narrows caused vibrations of the bridge to reach its natural resonance frequency resulting in increased amplitude of oscillations until the structure was destroyed. Leonard Coatsworth, a Tacoma newspaper editor, is seen walking from the bridge near its end after abandoning his car, which is still on the bridge, until it collapses.
J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) returns by airplane to Washington DC area after visiting Tacoma, Washington during the investigation into the kidnapping of 10 year old boy Charles Mattson from his house in Tacoma, Washington. Hoover's plane landing at the Washington Airport, also known as the Washington-Hoover airport, (and before that as Hoover Field) in Arlington, Virginia. The airport was located southwest of the intersection of the George Washington Parkway and the 14th Street Bridge in an area now under the water of the Boundary Channel, which was later dredged and enlarged to provide fill for Pentagon construction and to allow supply barge access during construction of the adjacent Pentagon. View of the airport terminal with sign "Washington Airport" visible on it. Hoover's plane flying over Military Road and arriving on the landing field. As it nears the airfield for landing, smoke is seen in the distance, likely burning at the garbage dump located near the river. Also seen are high tension electrical wires, industrial smokestacks, 600 foot radio towers, and other industrial buildings visible just past the narrow airfield. The plane taxis past the Eastern Air Transport hangar and other airport structures. Various billboard advertisements visible in the background on some of the buildings. Very brief 3-frame segment where J. Edgar Hoover is seen exiting the airplane operated by American Airlines. He steps into his car. He's seen shadowed in the car, talking to someone. The car drives away onto Military Road or Route 1.
Kidnapping of 10 year old Charles Mattson from his house in Tacoma, Washington at 4605 N Verde Street, a tudor-style brick mansion. Men and women gather outside the house. Policemen check cars and people passing nearby. The house where kidnapping of the boy took place. Christmas tree in the house. Investigating officer inside the house. The view down the steep incline to Commencement Bay behind the house. Boats patrol along Commencement Bay to find any clue. One boat named the Vagabond. Police and press cars lined outside the house. Press representatives rush to temporary telephones erected on a utility pole near the house to hear updates on the case.
Capture of criminals by the agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States. The kidnapping of 9 year old boy George H. Weyerhaeuser from Tacoma, Washington. A ransom letter from the kidnappers. The FBI investigates the case. An airplane parked at an air base. Men disembark from the airplane and walk on the air base. A poster on a wall for the identification of the kidnapper.