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Allen Street (Kelso) Bridge collapses, with loss of life, on January 3, 1923.

On Wednesday evening, January 3, 1923, the Allen Street Bridge in Kelso, Washington, collapses into the Cowlitz River as workers are returning home from work. The bridge, built in 1906 entirely of wood, has been weakened by recent flooding and overuse. When a large traffic jam puts excessive stress and strain on the old bridge, a suspension cable breaks, toppling the supporting towers and dropping the entire structure into the river. Scores are immediately rescued from the wreckage but further efforts are severely hampered by bad weather and darkness. Authorities believe that at least 35 people die in the disaster, but, because of the large number of transients working in the area, an exact figure will never be known. In terms of fatalities, this is Washington's worst bridge disaster.
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