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Lake Pend Oreille Bridge


LakePond Oreille Bridge

Towers removed

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in November 2014


BH Photo #330774


Both this bridge and its successor claimed to be the "longest wooden bridge in the world" until a steel & concrete structure (still standing but bypassed) was erected to the east in 1956.


Timber stringer and lift bridge over Lake Pond Oreille on Wagon
Sandpoint, Bonner County, Idaho
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1908-10, removed 1934
- Waddell & Harrington of Kansas City, Missouri
Timber stringer vertical lift
Total length: 10,360.0 ft. (2.0 mi.)
Also called
Sandpoint Long Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.25823, -116.58591   (decimal degrees)
48°15'30" N, 116°35'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/530734/5345085 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 68225 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 20, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 29, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 16, 2018: New photo from Leslie R trick
  • January 27, 2018: Updated by Dave King: Added alternate name
  • January 2, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • June 29, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Fixed coordinates, added build/loss dates & description
  • June 29, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler

Related Bridges 



Lake Pend Oreille Bridge
Posted June 30, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Okay, the new location makes much more sense.

Lake Pend Oreille Bridge
Posted June 30, 2015, by Ian Martin

Yeah- I fixed the coordinates and added dates based off the postcard that was linked; should've thought to remove the Streetview as well.

Lake Pend Oreille Bridge
Posted June 29, 2015, by Luke

I've found that the streetview (Which I've deleted since a bridge replaced in the 30s wouldn't have one.) is pointing at a trail bridge.

Lake Pond Oreille Bridge
Posted June 29, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I have no idea what the Streetview is pointing at... this listing appears to be for a previous bridge over the large, deep, Lake Pend Oreille (note my correct spelling) which even today retains a full size swing bridge on the adjacent RR bridge.


Lake Pond Oreille Bridge
Posted June 29, 2015, by Robert Elder

Is this the right bridge? This little stream seems rather small for a lift bridge.