Parade, Band, and Plenty of Hoopla Make the New Curley Creek Bridge Opening an Extraordinary Day.

The official opening of the new Curley Creek Bridge, which included a ribbon cutting ceremony, a classicd car parade, and a brass band, was co-sponsored by the Yukon Harbor Historical Society. In this photo (provided by the Port Orchard Independent) the cars line up for launch.

The Yukon Harbor Historical Society, in conjunction with the Kitsap County Public Works Department, celebrated the re-opening of the Curley Creek Bridge March 8th, accompanied by the Clam Island Brass Band and a parade of classic cars.

YHHS Chairman Russell Neyman addresses the crowd, with Kitsap Comissioner Charlotte Garrido looking on. Port Orchard Independent photo.

An estimated crowd of 250-300 historians, construction workers, and school children listened to a variety of speakers dedicate the new bridge, which was replaced after 80-plus of service. The speakers included a spokesman for the Historical Society, several bridge engineers, Kitsap County Comissioner Charlotte Garrido, and the general contractor who built the new structure. But in the end it was the array of more than 40 classic cars — which drove across the new span to tunes provided by The Clam Island Brass Band, who were the stars.  A 1915 Model T — which chugged and steamed throughout the parade route — led the way, followed by a wide variety of Fords, Chevys, Packards, hot rods, vintage cars, and a whole bunch of what-nots.

Doug Bear, the director of Kitsap County Publicity, commented afterwards, “In 27 years of doing this job, I’ve never had an unveiling that was as successful as this one was. This was, truly, a community celebration.”

YHHS Chairman Russell Neyman told the crowd that “There have been so many significant people who walked the shoreline of Yukon Harbor — from Captains Vancouver and Wilkes, to Chief Seattle, to the earliest settlers — and now it’s our turn to leave our footprints on the sand. Crossing this new bridge today symbolically and literally joins the generations.”

Among other developments, AK Kuppler, a longtime participant in the local history movement, unveiled a replica of a Harper Brick Factory clay cart, offering it to the local community as a living artifact of the business that was the mainstay of the town that stood at Harmon’s Landing. Kuppler hopes to move his vehichle into Harper Park.

The parade of cars, especially, was breathtaking. Here is a fairly complete list of the machines (and most of their owners) that crossed over the bridge:

1 1915 Ford Model T Touring Car Mike Peterson
2 1924 Ford Model T Fordor Gary & Kathleen Ebbert
3 1929 Dodge Victory 6 Jerry Schenck
4 1929 Dodge 6 Sport Coupe
5 1930 Ford Model A Standard Roadster Allen AK Kuppler
6 1930 Ford Model A Fordor Oliver Handley
7 1930 Ford Model A Sport Coupe
8 1931 Ford Model A Tudor
9 1931 Ford Model A Sport Coupe Rocky Thrall
10 1932 Chevrolet Sport Coupe Dave Robertson
11 1933 Packard Super 8 Model 1003 Ted & Charlene Austin
12 1933 Pontiac 4-Door Sedan
13 1934 Ford Panel Truck Duane Miller
14 1935 Ford Fordor Ken Sturman
15 1937 Ford Pickup
16 1940 Ford 2 Door Sedan Deluxe Anton Demianiw
17 1940 Chevrolet Business Coupe Terrell Grant
18 1940 DeSoto Coupe
19 1941 Chevrolet Coupe Pat Jacobsen
20 1941 Buick Model 56 Super Business Coupe Jim Barnes
21 1946 Chevrolet Pickup Steve Prichard
22 1947 Ford Convertible
23 1950 Ford Fordor Carol Bailey
24 1950 Chevrolet Belair 2-Door Hardtop Neal Rowan
25 1950 Chevrolet Pickup Gene & Row ??
26 1951 Chevrolet Pickup Jack & Louise Harrison
27 1961 Chevrolet Impala 2-Door Cecil Fredericks
28 1964 Buick Wildcat Convertible Gary Seaman
29 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray George Flaherty
30 1967 Volvo 1225 Sedan Dennis Wright
31 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Paul & Diane Whitaker
32 1971 Ford LTD Convertible Dale & Rebecca Leighton
33 1973 Volkswagen Thing Paul Steenvoorde
34  1930’s Chrysler 4-Door Sedan



6 thoughts on “Parade, Band, and Plenty of Hoopla Make the New Curley Creek Bridge Opening an Extraordinary Day.

    • Great question! The classic car gathering is open to everybody. There are no restrictions on make or model. And this is NOT restricted to “vintage” vehicles. If it’s photo-worthy or fun to drive, bring it! Simply show up and join in. We will end up at the intersection of Colechester and Main in Manchester, where there is both a restaurant and a tavern.

      By the way: We are still searching for a “major” vehicle (a fire truck, perhaps?) that might be the centerpiece of the parade and hold the band.

  1. THIS IS THE PERFECT WAY TO BRING IN THE SPRING SEASON! How can you beat the combination: classic cars, kids, and an old-fashioned brass band. I love this website, too. If I can contribute or make a donation, please don’t hesitate to drop me a note. My family and I only have ordinary cars, but we’ll be at the event this week, anyway.

  2. Can you imagine how dull that “ribbon cutting” ceremony would have been without the Historical Society’s involvement? Bueaucrats, politicians, and engineers are B-O-R-I-N-G-! My family and I had fun. Thanks for providing the cars, band, and all those colorful stories. Keep up the good work.

  3. The 1930 Model A Standard Roadster owned Allen AK Kuppler followed the 1933 Packard, fifth car to cross the bridge.

    • AK, thanks for the note to tell us of the oversight. And if there are any others car owners who participated, and the information is incomplete or incorrect, please let us know. After all, a hundred years from now, your grandchildren might get a kick out of seeing “Grumps” or “Nanna” in an old-fashioned car parade.

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