Did Gig Harbor Ever Freeze Over? (VIDEO)

A Gig Harbor Patch Facebook user shared a YouTube video that depicts what appears to be the harbor frozen in ice.

Check out this great find posted by a Gig Harbor Patch Facebook user.

"I found this on YouTube today, what a surprise!" wrote user Lynn.

The video shows what appears to be the harbor frozen in ice. It's so cold, in fact, that people are actually walking on the water.

The YouTube video indicates that it was shot in 1949 or 1950. Gig Harbor native and City Councilmember Ken Malich confirmed on Facebook that the video was shot in January 1950.

For all of you long-timers on Patch, can you share some history with the rest of us? Did this actually happen? Tell us in the comments below.


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Thomas J. McNellis February 06, 2013 at 02:39 AM
I've seen photos of the entire Harbor frozen over solid from a point near the intersection of Stinson Ave. and Harborview Dr. with either a Model A or Model T driving on it. The photo may have been on a wall in the old Span Drive-in at the Narrows Bridge. As I recall, this photo was taken in the early 1920's. Also, recalling a conversation I had with either Harold and Loraine Sorgenfrei may years ago, the Harbor froze over on a later date as well. They remembered driving down their sometime back in the 1940's. Hope this helps.
Brent Champaco February 06, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Wow. I was just amazed when I saw people walking on the ice. Thanks for that, Thomas.
John Doe February 06, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Wonder why we have not seen this happen in recent history....Climate change maybe?
Mark Hoppen February 07, 2013 at 05:43 AM
1950. A car drove on it. People skated on it. Pictures at the Harbor History Museum. Or, on the wall in my den. Go to the musuem to see 'em.
Harborite February 07, 2013 at 02:56 PM
1950...there was a long cold spell so that end of the bay froze solid enough for skating etc. The freeze lasted so long that once the thaw started, schools were closed so that the heavy buses wouldn't ruin the roads as they thawed. Those of us who were young then went to school on Saturday to make up the days lost. Imagine our teachers doing that today :o)
Brent Champaco February 07, 2013 at 03:04 PM
And I'm assuming it was a heavy 1950's-era car, not one of the light ones from today. Amazing. Thanks Mark.
Brent Champaco February 07, 2013 at 03:05 PM
School on Saturday. I bet the kids didn't take too kindly to that...
Harborite February 07, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Brent, we loved it :o)
Carrieson February 11, 2013 at 03:51 AM
My question is, how come so many people had ice skates back then? Thanks if anyone has an answer.


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