The new Highway 47 bridge that will be built over the Missouri River at Washington in 2017-18 has been a news subject for years. Back in the 1930s, it was a hot news story also. That’s when the present bridge was built, with approval coming in 1934.
Paul Bocklage, one of the many Washingtonians interested in local history, gave former mayor Bernie Hillermann a copy of the front page of The Missourian, dated Wednesday, June 27, 1934. That carried the story of the federal government granting approval of the project. It was an “extra” edition, with a huge headline, with these words, “Approve Bridge,” in 3-inch bold type. The same story and front page pictures were in the regular edition that had a Friday, June 29, 1934, dateline. Back in those days, The Missourian came out on Fridays.
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