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Lookingglass Creek Bridge


Lookingglass Creek Bridge

Partial side elevation.

Photo taken by Mike Goff in June 2022


BH Photo #533177

Street View 


The Lookingglass Creek Bridge outside of Winston, Oregon is an oddity of bridge design. The bridge consists of multiple styles of steel superstructure design.

The main span consists of 80-foot long castellated steel girders. The main span is then flanked on each end by 48-foot long compact deck truss units. The trusses consist of two linear units comprised of three riveted truss lines. There are two truss unit lines under each side of each of the flanking spans. The end spans consists of welded plate girders at the south end and rolled steel girders at the north end.

The bridge is owned by Douglas County, which features a collection of some of the most unique steel bridges on the west coast.

The bridge was constructed in 1959 by West Coast Steel Works of Portland, Oregon.


Deck truss bridge over Lookingglass Creek on CR 47
Douglas County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1959
- West Coast Steel Works of Portland, Oregon
Deck truss
Length of largest span: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 285.1 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.11746, -123.44070   (decimal degrees)
43°07'03" N, 123°26'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/464147/4773952 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
ORNBI 19C200 47 183 (Oregon bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 92419 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 54.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1959 (340)
Built during 1950s (4,047)
Deck truss (1,973)
Douglas County, Oregon (83)
Have street view (29,832)
Open (41,198)
Oregon (1,267)
Owned by county (21,707)
Riveted (2,643)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,730)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,602)
Truss (36,669)
Welded (22)
West Coast Steel Works (8)

Update Log 

  • June 13, 2022: Added by Mike Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com


Lookingglass Creek Bridge
Posted June 14, 2022, by Luke

Sounds like how there's a story about Ames, Iowa's lost Dinkey Bridge being used to transfer nuclear material made at the Ames Lab clandestinely to the CNW: https://bridgehunter.com/ia/story/dinkey/

Can't confirm or deny the stories, but they sure are fun.

Lookingglass Creek Bridge
Posted June 14, 2022, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The stories state that these trusses along with many of the other odd ball steel structures in Douglas County come from the Kaiser Ship Yards in Portland-Vancouver and were either parts from Liberty Ships or were part of the structures used to build Liberty Ships.

I can't confirm or debunk these stories, but they are good stories.

Lookingglass Creek Bridge
Posted June 14, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


I take it there is a story here... known or unknown? The trusses appear to be salvaged material based on the huge number of empty rivet holes.