Cushman power lines being laid across the Narrows, October 25, 1925

Hundreds had gathered on October 25, 1925, on the bluff to watch the Cushman power lines being laid across the Narrows. Hydroelectric power from the Cushman Dam on the Skokomish River would travel on a 40-mile transmission line, including a suspension across the Narrows strait which spanned 6,244 feet of water. Under the direction of Star Iron & Steel, work would proceed from October 21 to November 19th, stretching six big Cushman power steel cables across the Narrows from Point Evans to Tacoma. Tacoma had grown tremendously following WWI in both economy and population and more power was necessary to support the area. NWR Boland,, opens a new window