Aerial view of the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

Aerial view of the Sunshine Skyway bridge.


Image Number

  • PC07429

Year

  • Between 1954 and 1956

Publication Info

  • Miami : Palm Color Card Co., [Between 1954 and 1956].

Series Title

General Note

  • Number on back at bottom: SS121-4080D.
  • Postmarked Mar 18, 1956.
  • The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a bridge connecting St. Petersburg in Pinellas County and Terra Ceia in Manatee County, Florida, passing through Hillsborough County waters. A system of five bridges with six fills, it originally opened as a steel cantilever bridge on September 7, 1954. A similar structure built parallel and to the west of it was later opened in 1971 to make it a four-lane bridge and bring it up to Interstate standards. Damaged during the worst bridge disaster in Florida history when an errant freighter ship "Summit Venture" struck a major support of the southbound lane during a storm on May 9, 1980. The main span toppled into Tampa Bay and 35 people lost their lives. The bridge was replaced by a $230 million cable-stayed main span that opened in February 1987.
  • Accompanying note: "Magnificent air view of the $22,000,000 Sunshine Skyway. This engineering feat required more than three years to build and links St. Petersburg, Florida with Manatee County."

Rights

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 postcard - col. - 9 x 14 cm.

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Geographic Term


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Chicago Manual of Style

Lagerberg, Ted. Aerial view of the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Between 1954 and 1956. Color postcard, 9 x 14 cm. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/259326>, accessed 16 January 2019.

MLA

Lagerberg, Ted. Aerial view of the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Between 1954 and 1956. Color postcard. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 16 Jan. 2019.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/259326>.

AP Style Photo Citation

(State Archives of Florida/Lagerberg)