National Geographic : 1950 Jul
The National Geographic Magazine Portland Bus Swings Across San Francisco Harbor on 6-lane Golden Gate Bridge Towers rising higher than the Washington Monument support the world's longest single span, four-fifths of a mile long, 250 feet above the water. The entire structure, completed in 1937, extends 9,266 feet. Con struction required 108,000 tons of steel, enough to load 30 miles of freight cars. lowed an absolutely straight stretch for 25 miles to Moses Lake. The somewhat desolate land offered only grazing, mostly to sheep; but upon completion of the Columbia Basin Project this area will be irrigated and therefore more highly cultivated.* Another 20 miles east and we rode into a wheat-farming region. In every direction the fields rolled toward infinity. I registered at a Spokane hotel which ad vised, "Come in Just as You Are." Everyone did, including a flock of woolgrowers; their convention gave the place the atmosphere of a good country "pub" in Australia. A neat, compact city, Spokane has a more than adequate modern Greyhound terminal. There I talked with a tolerant ticket clerk. He said that usually some sense lurked behind even the silliest question, and blamed nervous ness of persons unaccustomed to travel. But he did admit that he tired of such queries as "When does the 5-o'clock bus leave?" Okinawa Was Never Like This Before daylight my bus headed for Idaho. A chilly drizzle peppered Coeur d'Alene and its lake. We wriggled with the mountain road in * See "Columbia Turns on the Power," by Maynard Owen Williams, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, June, 1941.