Under Aurora
Under Aurora
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 2 comments



Tourists can be mistaken for not knowing its real name, but I would imagine most Seattleites, who’ve lived here all their life, and perhaps for eons have crossed it every day, wouldn’t be able to tell you the real name of the “Aurora” Bridge. It probably takes a smart-alec interloper, such as myself, to tell you that its real name is the George Washington Memorial Bridge.


But certain things stick, and the Aurora Bridge got its common moniker because it carries Aurora Avenue (Highway 99) across the ship canal from Queen Anne Hill to Fremont. The state officially dedicated the bridge on February 22, 1932 – George Washington’s 200th birthday – and the bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.


But whether Aurora or George Washington Memorial, it has a somewhat dubious last destination scene for the depressed by being the Northwest’s most notorious suicide site for over 80 years. It’s famously where many have ended it all with a 164-foot leap as they bid adieu to this cruel world. All of which is a great irony (and I don’t mean the steel girders), because I have always felt that the real beauty of this cantilever bridge is to be found from the stunning views underneath looking up, where all the artistic and architectural detail can be found.


Leica M3 & 21mm Super-Angulon f4
B+W Orange Filter
Sekonic L-308S
Kodak Tri-X (@250)
HC-110 (Dil.H – 1:63 @ 8:30 minutes)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan



  • Yummy Good Shoot... excellent history from George to Aurora to the lure of the jump and its appalling high rage of siocide

    the 21SA shines in All its Glory

  • Ooops please correct my spelling up above
    shot / not shoot
    rate / not rage