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Posted September 4, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am assuming this bridge is a shorter version of this design:

Posted September 4, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am hoping to see the still abandoned bridges in this area become part of the Latah Trail. I know that the county owns most of the grade, but it appears there may be gaps where private owners still own the grade.

This bridge is listed as a 72' lattice deck girder with a skew. It likely dates to the 1890s, when the design was commonly used. I am assuming the main lattice girder was modified to add a skew, and was certainly relocated here.

Posted August 6, 2021, by John Bernhisel (Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted July 16, 2021, by Kevin C Acheson (mymindseyefotog [at] gmail [dot] com)

Still functional and a must to see while en route to Jarbidge, NV. I thought the valve house under the core was pretty shmexy, so I shot it. The road is not something I would take my Kenworth across with a trailer, but more than sufficient for anything in the personal vehicle world.

Posted June 2, 2021, by Wyatt Griffis

The county has reached an agreement with the tribe

Posted May 13, 2021, by Wyatt Griffis

This tunnel is in very poor condition, there are cave-ins at both entrances, fresh cracks in the ceiling, and several support beams are beginning to fail.

Posted May 13, 2021, by Wyatt Griffis

This rail has spanned the canyon on its own for 10 years.

Posted May 4, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge #50.1 is listed here as having been built in 1889. This date seems reasonable for the structure, but no original location can be found yet. As the NPRHA continues to scan these highly valuable documents, I have no doubts we will learn of the origins of this bridge.

Posted May 4, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like there is a missing plaque in photo 8. I can't tell what company it is though.

Posted May 3, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The trusses and girders were definitely moved here in 1927. The girders appear to be a standard 1890s design, with a third girder line added. As the NPRHA continues to add more AFEs, we will likely find more information on these spans. However, they are not currently published.

Posted April 28, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Typical melodramatic county commissioners... they should be losing sleep over wasting taxpayer's money for a slab that isn't needed!

Posted April 28, 2021, by Wyatt Griffis
Posted January 4, 2021, by Luke

Hey, I found a couple bridges after being inspired by a night of racing around in Ubisoft's The Crew. Weirder things have happened.

Posted January 4, 2021, by Jimmy Walters

Thanks for finishing the categories. I was pretty sure it was a Pratt, but I'm still learning. I don't know what caused my seemingly random curiosity about this bridge, other than maybe a new interest in Idaho, with the recent addition of Idaho to American Truck Simulator, but I'm glad I researched it.

Posted January 4, 2021, by Jt (justin [at] uptownbooks [dot] com)

This is the wrong location. The BVRy ran on the Broadway Bridge, not next to it. This bridge was on the west side next to the state highway bridge where it joined West Fairview Ave. Coordinates are approx. 43.6188847, -116.2281297

Posted January 3, 2021, by John Marvig

I do question if this is a railroad span or not. The width and portals scream railroad, the rest of the bridge makes me have some doubts. This could either be a former narrow gauge logging railroad span or a frankenbridge if it is indeed a railroad span.

Posted January 3, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree with Luke on this one... A relocated span.

Posted January 3, 2021, by Luke

It also looks to be a relocated truss...

Posted January 3, 2021, by Jimmy Walters

This is actually a through truss bridge, rather than a pony truss, as originally listed. I've added a link with pictures and adjusted the listings. Cool looking bridge, but it appears to be closed.

Posted October 1, 2020, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Just posted an article on this bridge with some screen shots. I do believe this bridge is a rare gem that should be preserved and listed on the National Register. Link: Any leads and information can be posted here. Good luck!


Posted September 23, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Not the right bridge, but I'm guessing this one is...

It would have been finished in 1926 which is the date given.

Posted September 23, 2020, by Cindy Hampton Sarmiento (myfamilyties [at] comcast [dot] net)

I believe this is the bridge my grandfather, L.C. (Aaron) Hampton was one of the 4 carpenters engaged in building the concrete forms of this bridge? There is a newspaper article in The Idaho Recorder, Nov 27, 1925, Front page. It tells of the men, the materials, etc. It mentions a temporary bridge purchased from W.J. Hoffman on Wagonhammer Creek. Could this be it?

Posted August 19, 2020, by Stephen Cobbley (sac [at] custertel [dot] net)

And this bridge is still in use today but private--It was closed to the public after the Deer Creek Bridge was built by the F&Game to access Hat Creek area and the Deer Creek camping area about 1ish miles down river from Ellis, Idaho--the F&G i think still has an easement across the old bridge F&G helped pay for the replacement of the Cable bridge so they could have an easement across the newer bridge--The easement crossed the bridge then immediately turned down river and the easement went on down river but it was allowed to wash out so they could close the easement--

Posted August 19, 2020, by Stephen Cobbley (sac [at] custertel [dot] net)

Back in the 60,s this bridge was a cable bridge--not a steel type--Remember taking a loaded fuel truck over to gas up the ranch and it was a weird bridge as one would sink down and the boards would rise in front of me--It was replaced with the one you are mentioning at a later date so the date must be wrong--??

Posted June 26, 2020, by Luke

In case any of ya'll want to blow almost $2,000 on a already-built version of the brass model:

Posted June 20, 2020, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

I think it's corrected now.

Posted June 20, 2020, by Luke

Geoff's picture is not of the Broadway bridge. It's of the BVT's railroad only bridge

Posted June 20, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Not sure whose reference is right, but the new picture is of a multi span Whipple with Phoenix Columns. The listing is for a Pennsylvania through truss. Either way, great bridge in the picture!


Art S.

Posted May 4, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well I hope they install a lightweight concrete deck that won't add too much weight to this beauty.

Love the plaques!

Posted May 4, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted January 31, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My luck going through NP records has came to a screeching halt with the three major truss bridges on this line. The most I can currently find on this one is that the approaches were originally supposed to be 155' Through trusses from Yellowstone Division, 3rd Subdivision. However, this improvement was cancelled in 1914. At that time, the Whipple did show up in drawings, deepening the mystery.

Posted September 24, 2019, by Trish Gannon (trishgannon [at] gmail [dot] com)

Although I know almost nothing about bridges, I did live in Clark Fork for decades. The original railroad bridge was built around 1891 - at least, the historical society has photos of the builder's camp during construction from that time. The original wagon bridge (now gone) was built in 1919. The local papers noted it featured "five steel spans, each 200 feet long, resting on six concrete piers." When the original railroad bridge was replaced in 1957, Northern Pacific paid the county to take over their old bridge, which became a one-way bridge designed for heavy loads - up to 250 tons. The original old wagon bridge was still being used by pedestrians 'til 1999. In 2002 the county secured funding to build a new vehicle bridge alongside the old railroad bridge. The railroad bridge was converted to a pedestrian bridge, and the original Wagon Bridge was torn down.

Posted September 1, 2019, by Luke

While looking for information on the Camas, Washington wagon bridge, Google served me up a listing for an HO scale brass model of this bridge, which features amazing detail of the Phoenix columns and portals.

Posted August 21, 2019, by Joel Wyman (ponchoman49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wow another beautiful memorable historical truss being needlessly destroyed. What a waste of tax payer dollars. As if they couldn't locate the new slab of cement a little way up the river and leave the beautiful historic truss up as at least a foot bridge. Wasting money and destroying our legacies of the past seems to be a hallmark of this dreadful present day!

Posted August 12, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

350 cars a day? There is nothing but a couple houses on the other side. Talk about an inflated ADT count. This bridge actually appears to have been cared for and now they want to scrap it? They say Ignorance is Bliss...

Posted August 12, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is probably one of the longest such pin connected truss bridges in the state/region, yet that is not saving it from demolition.

News Article:

From the county website:

Cherry Lane Bridge, Sponsor: Nez Perce County, Key # 9070

Description: This is a bridge replacement project over the Clearwater River on Cherry Lane Road off US12 in Nez Perce County. Roadway approaches, including US12, will be improved as a part of the project.

Status: The project has environmental approval as of March 2015. The consultant submitted right-of-way plans and legal descriptions. The right-of-way negotiations are in process.

Project Manager: Scott Ellsworth

Construction Year: 2020

Posted August 12, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

If I was one of the whopping 30 people (Cars) that crossed daily, I would sure as Hell rather look at a beautiful historic truss bridge than an ugly slab of concrete!

Posted August 9, 2019, by John Bernhisel (Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted July 6, 2019, by Luke

This bridge managed to keep all 4 of its plaques. Unfortunately, Google Streetview doesn't give a good angle on any of them.

Posted July 6, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Very cool!

Posted July 6, 2019, by Luke

It's been closed for 4 years. "Temporarily" closed for inspection in 2015, which everything they were worried about (Pins) passed inspection BUT the roadbed was (and clearly is) in such bad shape that they didn't reopen it.

There's apparently plans to reuse it as part of a cycling trail, which I hope comes to fruition.

Posted July 6, 2019, by L Wasser (BLJWashingtonatgmaildotcom)

6-17-2019 We visited this bridge. It is no longer open to automobiles and looks like it's been closed for quite a while. Took some photos to add to the file.

Posted June 5, 2019, by Sean Rotinski (seanrotinski [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is ex GN now BNSF.

Posted March 5, 2019, by Boots Kowalski

This bridge is famous for a scene in "Breakheart Pass" (1975) staring Charles Bronson. The train stops in the middle of the bridge and the Fireman falls to his death (in the movie of course). Charles Bronson walks all the way to the bottom to pronounce the man dead.

Posted February 18, 2019, by John Krizenesky (valhallastar [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am keenly interested in the history of this bridge. Merry

Contractor and personnel assigned.

Respectfully, John K

Posted January 29, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com )

Okay,Clark.Just thought I'd mention what I saw on satellite view.

Posted January 29, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Multiple tunnels, none listed--yet.

Posted January 29, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I saw a tunnel on satellite view near this bridge.Is that tunnel on Bridgehunters?

Posted January 28, 2019, by Anonymous

Half Moon trestle played a prominent role in the movie Breakheart Pass with Charles Bronson.

Posted January 25, 2019, by jim (jpp [at] srv [dot] net)

Do you have information regarding the bridge on Pancheri that crosses the river? Specifically, when it was built and rebuilt (if it has been) and was it damaged/breeched during the Teton Dam flood in '76.

Posted December 30, 2018, by Daniel (and following posts) have photos of the construction of the bridge

Posted December 30, 2018, by Daniel has an image of it. It's an unusual half span suspension bridge.

Posted November 21, 2018, by Luke

Based on both bridges are part of the trail and Pegram is more intended for backpacker/hikers and equestrians.

Posted November 21, 2018, by Daniel

the fact that the trail has been rerouted is a little disconcerting

does anyone have info on the bridge for the trail?,-114.3460724,3a,22.9... shows it, has enough rust in the 2012 photo that it isn't *that* new but I have no idea as to age.

Posted October 17, 2018, by DAN Lahaie (Akguy297 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

10-16-2018 beautiful Fall Afternoon 67 a ove.

Posted September 10, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If you like Ospreys you will find LOTS of them on bridges in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, etc. If the nest is in use, angry Ospreys will fly around squawking while you walk on the bridge. An unfortunate side effect of the nesting is the immense amount of "droppings" that drip down the side of the bridge. Aside from possible adverse effects to the steel and paint, this can be visually unpleasant. The Armitage Bridge in Oregon had its beautiful portal bracing covered in white streaks when I was there. I know there are man-made Osprey nest towers that can be built, I wish they would build some near the bridges so they can nest in peace nearby.

Posted September 10, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to this Northern Pacific bridge book:

The truss was built here in 1916, indicating it was likely relocated. Could it be possible that this was originally a stationary span built elsewhere in the 1880s, and moved here?

Posted September 9, 2018, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I saw a number of timber suspension pedestrian bridges. This seems to be a typical example.

Posted September 9, 2018, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Karl - Thanks for the history!

I saw this bridge through the trees as I was driving west on US12 - but time and my long trailer prevented me from stopping and exploring. My research since make me really regret that I didn't try harder to get to it.

I found a stock photo here:

That, plus my memory and Douglas's drawing provided the data for the sketch I added. The sketch is probably not dimensionally accurate, but it shows the unusually construction.

Posted September 9, 2018, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I spotted this soon enough as I was driving by I didn't even have to turn around! It is a fine old span in good repair. And as a bonus - there was an osprey nesting on the span. I didn't have a lot of time but I got a few photos of the bridge and of the nest. I added the nest to Osprey Watch.

Posted September 9, 2018, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

As I drove past I first though "That's a strange deck - and a rather light trestle - for a railroad." I dropped a waypoint and looked into it later and from satellite it's obvious it carries water!

I didn't have time to stop, and no time to get my camera out - so sorry that I don't have any photos.

But here is a streetview link.

Posted August 7, 2018, by Kyle Jarvis (kylejamesjarvis [at] mail [dot] com)

I doubt the 1939 build date for this bridge. There are no dates on the bridge, and 1939 would mean that this bridge was built after the Upper West Branch bridge on highway 57, which is a much more modern design. The style of this bridge, along with it's low 12"1' clearance and very light weight rating, combined with the 1925 date for the construction of the Dickensheet Bridge up stream, both of which are part of the old road from Priest River, ID to Coolin on Priest Lake, would lead me to think this bridge was built probably in the mid 1920's.

Posted April 5, 2018, by Richard Doody (rpdoody3 [at] gmail [dot] com)


I agree

Posted April 5, 2018, by Luke

I think this is the same bridge as

Posted March 10, 2018, by Anonymous

Volume numbers for those Engineering News articles? Google Books indexes them by volume.

Posted November 25, 2017, by Kyle Jarvis (kjarvis86 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is definitely Interstate 90.

Posted September 25, 2017, by Donald Watts (DWWATTS [at] AOL [dot] COM)

The bridge has not shifted. The Google Earth image is distorted.

Posted August 25, 2017, by Johnny (Jojutjojut [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am wondering how far down it is from the top of the bridge to the water. I don't check my email very often, so if possible please send a text with the info about it. My phone number is 208-360-5357 Thank you.


Posted July 4, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Story on planned replacement:

Posted April 22, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Posted April 20, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not seeing this bridge as lost...last I looked it was still standing in 2016 imagery.

Posted January 6, 2017, by Luke

According to the linked article, it's the old pony truss from White Bird, Idaho (

Posted January 6, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Based on google imagery it looks like the bridge is in place, google street view show it sitting waiting to be put into place after a fresh red paint was added. Thoughts or any info appreciated.

Posted November 2, 2016, by Nina (2dalsn2tabbies [at] gmail [dot] com)

State of Idaho has closed it. We live in Island Park ID

Like your website!

Posted October 11, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

My guess is they relocated it here long ago, and took out some center panels. It would be easy with a pin-connected truss.

Posted October 11, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like a 4 slope Parker truss to me. Nice find!

Posted October 11, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm not sure of the design of this bridge or unable to locate a history.

Posted September 14, 2016, by Luke

John and I had the exact same thought a couple of days ago.

An article on the construction of the new bridge confirms that they were relocated:

(Clipping source: )

Posted September 14, 2016, by Mike Boehne (mikebon088 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The second Omaha bridge had four 250-foot, eleven-panel Whipple trusses, and two tracks. The first Plattsmouth bridge's two Whipple spans were moved to a Des Moines River bridge, UP moved Pegram trusses to Idaho, and C&NW moved spans from the first Blair bridge to Wyoming. Some chance that these two spans are from Omaha?

Posted August 15, 2016, by Anonymous

Sorry. Moved too fast.

Posted August 15, 2016, by Anonymous

You mean US-90. I-90 lies far, far, to the south.

Posted July 26, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Reminds me of the Mercer Pike Bridge incident in Pennsylvania. Although as a more complicated Pratt through truss intended to be reused on a highway, "piecing together" was not an option with that bridge.

Carefully written contracts, on-site monitoring by the owner, and most importantly skilled contractors are essential to preventing this.

Lastly, Kingpost truss bridges were not a standard bridge type in 1950, since steel stringer bridges were very economical for this span length. The bridge probably was either relocated in 1950, or pieced together from parts of another bridge in 1950.

Posted July 26, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

So, write those contracts carefully!

Posted July 26, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So I guess the company hired to move the truss, decided lets just cut it up. Glad the county didn't give up on it.

Posted June 20, 2016, by Tina Carlstrom (Twcpta64 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge closed as of today for demolition. Will be replaced and reopened by the end of November.

Posted May 25, 2016, by Anonymous


Posted March 2, 2016, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

The side platforms may have been for water barrels for fire fighting purposes. It was common on long trestles to have some water in case the steam locomotive dropped some hot cinders which started a fire.

Posted February 29, 2016, by Eddie (hillelectric [at] silverstar [dot] com)

I visited this bridge in 2004 before the rails to trails program restored the deck and installed safety railings. I walked across it with my son and it was in fairly good shape. It had two small side platforms that were mostly rotted away. They were just enough area to stand at one time. Not sure what they were built for? I have many pictures from that day if anyone is interested I will try and find them. This rail line was built during the push by the railroads to cash in on the many eager people wanting to explore Yellowstone and Teton Park and also to transport agricultural goods from Teton Valley Idaho and some of the communities along the way. The line reached as far as Victor Idaho and tourists could travel by bus from there over Teton Pass to Jackson Hole and from there on in to the parks. Sometime in the early 1980s they quit running trains to Victor and made the end of the line the little town of Tetonia which lies about 15 miles before Victor. Tetonia had several large grain elevators that serviced the area farmers. I remember seeing the train pull in to Victor as a child. It still had one car available as a coach car and you could catch a train from Ashton to Victor. I also drove grain trucks from my family's farm in Teton Valley to Tetonia and watched the grain being loaded on the train, even helping the elevator operator move the train cars into position. Sometime in the early 90s they quit running trains on the branch completely and within a few years pulled tracks and ties leaving only the bed and two magnificent trestles, this one and another one South of here on Bitch Creek Canyon. Both are beautiful industrial works of art with massive steel beams and wood timbers. The railroads talked of removing them for liability reasons before the pathway organization saved them.

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

Okay, the new location makes much more sense.

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.

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.

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.

Posted June 29, 2015, by Robert Elder

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

Posted February 18, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Surprised nobody has commented about this bridge. The bridge shows evidence of widespread alteration, since there are a massive number of empty river holes on the portal and sway bracing. My first guess would be that the bridge was narrowed... which also makes one wonder if the bridge was relocated and reused at this location. It would be interesting to know. Finally, taking into consideration the alterations, what I can see of the bridge leads me to believe that this bridge may be the work of famous engineer George Morison. The large lattice portal and sway bracing, Whipple truss configuration, and the arrangement and composition of some of the truss members are what suggests this possibility.

Posted August 7, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Here is a picture of the bridge when new:

Posted June 5, 2014, by Karl Strauss (straus8 [at] ca [dot] rr [dot] com)

This is a swing bridge over a non-navigable river. When the Clearwater River Railroad wars were taking place, the Northern Pacific and Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation (OWR&N) were racing towards the Kamiah region with its bountiful forests and just as bountiful fields of grain. The first one there would grab the honeypot. The NP was winning the war but the OWN&R had an upper hand. They convinced a judge that the Clearwater river (average depths of some 6 feet) was navigable and also that it was of such quality that a steamboat could navigate it, and therefore a bridge - an expensive movable bridge was necessary per US law.

In the spring thaw the river does indeed become a raging torrent and the OWN&R folks knew this. On a spring day they convinced the captain of a sternwheeler based in nearby Lewiston, rumored to be a notorious drunk, to make the run to Kamiah on dare. And he took up the challenge. With Judge and Jury on hand the steamboat made its one and only entry into Kamiah and the judge ordered that a movable bridge be built.

The motor mechanism is long removed and the rails welded close but the large bull gear remains.

Posted April 21, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

I think that I feel your pain.

Posted August 3, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I wish I was an artist

And could store drawings online

Guess james likes cleanup.

I think if you can post in the forum you should have the skills to add into the photo area.

There are times when it is nice to see random images in the forum. I do it myself.

So I let it annoy me But this is not cool.

Posted March 26, 2013, by Dale Gray (dalegray [at] mindspring [dot] com)

This bridge was lost in 1989. The plaque that is shown in one of the photos was recovered and was archived at the Owyhee County Museum in Murphy.

Posted December 9, 2012, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

One of the more interesting bridges I found. I wonder what happened to the bridge's center span.....unless the current center span is original to the bridge?