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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

One of the two workers injured when the main arch of the Monroe Street Bridge collapsed on July 21 filed a claim for damages from the city.

A.M. Nelson, a bridge carpenter, put in a claim for $10,000 to cover his personal injury, which included bruises all over his body and injuries to his stomach. He did not expect to be able to work again for some time.

The 27-year-old man also said he was working for $5 a day when a windstorm caused the temporary wooden archway to collapse. Since construction had started in the spring, one person had died and six were injured. Claims for damages brought against the city now soared to more than $165,000.

Meanwhile, the city was facing another bridge dilemma. The Washington Street bridge over the Spokane River was at risk of collapse. Divers discovered the current had scoured away nine feet of the concrete foundation of the north pier and four feet of the south. A city engineer’s report indicated repairs would cost $2,000 “and must be done at once.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1909: The first automobile races were run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. … 1991: Soviet hard-liners announced to a shocked world that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power. (The coup attempt collapsed two days later.)

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