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Posted October 17, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I cleaned the west abutment. Still needs a broom but the matting is gone. Here is the shoe. The other end has the rollers for the expansion but the bees need to slumber before clean up. Maintenance. Almost there for funding the railing.

Posted October 10, 2018, by Leslie R Trick (Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well Lawmakers are back talking about replacement it would be bad to see this bridge replaced by a UCEB.

Posted October 6, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Planked. Railing next .... under fundraising for that.

Posted August 7, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge's on-deck beauty has been RUINED by the addition of a hideous cyclone fence that even blocks the beautiful concrete benches that people could once sit on. The fence is NOT just on top of the railing, it extends in front of the railing down to the sidewalk. This cheap budget-style cyclone fence makes this bridge look like it belongs in an derelict industrial area of Detroit not in a nice city like Portland. If they wanted a suicide barrier or something they should have chosen something that doesn't look like garbage.

Posted June 29, 2018, by Leslie R trick (Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com)

More news on replacement the bridge will be persevered.

Posted June 18, 2018, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It wasn't fogged in last week, but still impressive none the less!

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Posted June 18, 2018, by .....justsayin........

Posted June 18, 2018, by Mark Johnson (markajohnson [at] rocketmail [dot] com)

Once in a blue moon, the Astoria, OR side of this bridge is fogged in and you are certain you are on a bridge to nowhere when coming from Washington. It's spectacular and a bit scary.

Posted June 18, 2018, by Scott Gavin (trainnut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just to the west of this bridge, the Ewana Box Company had a logging railroad which crossed the river. There are still a few rotted pilings at the site.

Posted June 16, 2018, by Matt Lohry


If you have an account, you can go in anytime and edit the bridge. If you're signed in, there should be a yellow button on the individual bridge's page that says "edit bridge". You can go in there and change the bridge type.

Posted June 15, 2018, by Leslie R trick (Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com)

I meant to put timber string but I accidentally put steel stringer and didn't check the page before I published it.

Posted June 15, 2018, by Leslie R trick (Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com)

Both bridges were build in the same and by reading your comment and comparing the image to google street view imagery, I have found out that this is the actual location

of the two bridges not under Phillips Reservoir like I thought originally thought. Thank you for correcting the location.

Posted June 15, 2018, by Leslie R trick (Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge will be dismantled next week hopefully it will be relocated and preserved instead being thrown in the scrap bin.

Posted June 14, 2018, by Scott Gavin (trainnut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I notice that the descriptions listed this as a "Steel Stringer" bridge. It was actually a wooden trestle. It replaced the original red bridge when the SVRwy laid heavier rails in order to run larger locomotives, such as their Mikados and the former Uintah mallets.

Posted June 13, 2018, by Scott Gavin (trainnut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Correction: I wasn't paying enough attention. Red Bridge 2 is what I had referred to as the Heavy Duty trestle. Sorry about that, chief!

Posted June 13, 2018, by Scott Gavin (trainnut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Actually, the location shown is in error. Boulder Gorge, and the site of the Red Bridge 1, Red Bridge 2 and the heavy duty trestle that replaced the 2nd red bridge was several miles east of Philips Lake, and is not under water. Highway 7 still passes through the site. When I first visited the bridge site in 1977, It was easy to compare the rocks alongside the highway to the railroad photos and see that it was the same site. When they turned the county road into Highway 7 they widened the road to add shoulders and widen the lanes a little, and in doing so the rocks were cut back, so it is not quite as recognizable as it used to be. I could only find one of the concrete blocks that once supported the third bridge in the river. Attached is a Google satellite view with the actual location of Bolder Gorge and the bridge site marked.

Posted April 26, 2018, by Luke

Nice find, Leslie.

Seems the PNW had a lot of wooden trusses that lasted far longer than their Midwestern/Eastern contemporaries.

Posted April 19, 2018, by Gordon Cully (gordon [at] gccphotography [dot] com)

I know you have plenty of photos in the gallery, however I just wanted to share a couple I shot recently. This bridge has been long time favorite of mine. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Posted April 18, 2018, by Luke

According to

1908: Hawley Pulp & Paper Mill built at the site.

Operated thru 2011 under various names, last of which was Blue Heron.

Posted April 18, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Does anyone have a link to history of the mill complex? There are a lot of unanswered questions about this place.

Posted March 5, 2018, by Leslie R Trick

And it is not just this bridge I am speaking for every neglected historic bridges no matter what design though some can not be saved I am glad to see people try to rehabilitate bridges in derelict condition.

Posted March 5, 2018, by Leslie r Trick

It is so sad to see bridges like this so many years of neglect and forgotten ever since the new highway was put in the 1960s.

Posted March 1, 2018, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Flagged for deletion/merge

Posted March 1, 2018, by Luke
Posted January 17, 2018, by Leslie R Trick

Thank You For the Link.

Posted January 13, 2018, by Leslie R Trick

Thank you for the comment I am glad to hare that your are not the only one that gives advice.

Posted January 13, 2018, by Luke

No problem.

I appreciate the stuff you've been finding and adding, and I guarantee I'm not the only user who does.

Posted January 13, 2018, by Leslie R trick

Thank you Luke for all the tips you have given me I appreciate it.

Posted January 13, 2018, by Luke

Another bit of info, Leslie: Bridgehunter automatically adds the state to the city name, so you don't need to add ", OR" to the city, the site will automatically add ", Oregon" for you after you submit the data.

Posted January 12, 2018, by Luke

No problem, you're new to the site so you don't know the ins/outs/quirks yet.

Posted January 12, 2018, by Leslie R trick

Alright thank you for the advice Luke I appreciate your comment about keeping up the good work i did that because the bridges were built on the same piers but one replaced another so they are two separate bridges.

Posted January 12, 2018, by Leslie R Trick

Wow his bridges are amazing I am now looking forward to Spain!

Posted January 12, 2018, by Dana

Leslie thanks for adding video. Also fond of Santiago bridges.Bridgehunter may be expanding internationally so look forward to SPAIN!

Posted January 12, 2018, by Leslie R trick

I do agree with you this is in my opinion the most beautiful swing span in the nation Conde McCullough was an amazing engineer you will never find another one like him.

Posted January 12, 2018, by Luke

Leslie, each iteration of a bridge should be its own entry.

You could convert one of the duplicates you added to be for the second iteration of the Madison Street Bridge.

Keep up the good work.

Posted January 10, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Leslie, Swing span is becoming rare, but is a mundane artifact in the shadow of Conde B. McCullough approach spans. This is an amazing bridge!

Posted January 10, 2018, by Leslie Trick (Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is the remaining operating swing span in Oregon their used to be more, but most of them have ben replaced by UCEBs

though some were in serious condition, their were broken promises in historic "Oregon Sate Highway Bridges" ODOT planned to keep the Coquille river bridge for a pedestrian bridge but they tore it down that is why this bridge is so important.

Posted January 9, 2018, by Luke,+Oregon+Skipanon+River+spokane+portland+and+seattle&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj7yJqJzczYAhUC5YMKHVzvCnYQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=bridge&f=false shows an aerial image

Posted January 9, 2018, by Leslie Trick (Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone have photos of this bridge I am very interested in bridges especially in my home state of Oregon their are sadly so many lost movable bridges in my state.

Posted January 9, 2018, by Ryan

This bridge was dismantled by Hamilton Construction, but rebuild by Wildish Standard Paving Company.

Posted December 30, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ready for planks and railing.

Posted December 24, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Something to know for future reference perhaps.

Posted December 24, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Turns out, after a year, almost two, that there are no permits required to plank and rail this bridge because it wont ever need to carry a fire truck. Haha.... spoent a lot ofmoney ti reach that result. Totally cool. Merry Christmas.

Posted December 1, 2017, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Mike Garland,

Glad to see someone finally got some photos of this old bridge.

I always wanted to take a boat ride under it, but have never found the time.

Once again, nice job.

Mike Goff

Posted November 7, 2017, by For info

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Posted November 7, 2017, by Norm Webb (normwebb [at] comcast [dot] net)

Re the bridge: Was it made in Calif.? If not, what does Ca. mean?

What was you source of the year of the bridge? (1915)

Keep up the great job!!


Posted October 22, 2017, by Luke
Posted October 22, 2017, by J.L.O. (Pwrstrok4u [at] yahoo [dot] com)

What was that building used for. I was curious when we drove by it. It's all boarded up now but it had to be built for something. Maybe a Toll booth??



Posted October 22, 2017, by Jay Nelson (jaynelson310 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have an original 1909 CPRR photograph that has "C.P. Reconst'n R.C. West End of Tunnel No 13 May 14, 1909"

Looks as if they are just starting to set the stone blocks for the portal. Would anyone be interested in the photo. I got this in a stack of old photos at an auction. I am after Southern California RR photos and this doesnt fit.

Posted September 6, 2017, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The Oneonta Tunnel caught fire this week during the Eagle Creek Fire east of Portland.

ODOT inspectors were going to try to check on the bridges on both I-84 and the historic highway today to see if the fire has caused any further damage to these prized structures.

The Columbia River Gorge and the Historic Columbia River Highway is going to be changed for a generation thanks to some careless teenagers.

Posted August 11, 2017, by Sean Bates (seanbates [at] live [dot] com)

I was recently looking at a comparison of the NB bridge (1917) and the SB bridge (1958) before the NB had been reconfigured to match the SB bridge... and I noticed that 3 whole sections of the original NB bridge are missing!!

The new "humpback" section is new in 1958, but I count only 7 original sections after the tower-spans, where originally that count was 10. What happened to the other 3 segments? Scrapped? Repurposed elsewhere? Thanks!

here's the 1959 aerial for reference!

Posted August 9, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

nice Penn Bridge plaque photo on this one.

Posted July 28, 2017, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The Siuslaw River Bridge is being rehabilitated, concrete repairs with a cathodic protection system. Even with the containment it is a magnificent structure. I got to spend last night hanging under the bascule span and woke up to this view!

Posted July 28, 2017, by Richard Sparkman (naildryver [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It is known as other names. I'm just curious to know if there has been a log or data on vehicle accidents in or entering or exiting this. I travel through there often and its very narrow. I have been lucky to get through it 50+ times of maybe 2 without incident. I recently witnessed a fatality. I'm a careful driver but I have my concern. ~Rich

Posted June 29, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Truly, I agree Tony. The cost of a new bridge at this length is very affordable in DNREC eyes. It needs some work at splice plates and pin connections, new pins and big cranes.

Posted June 28, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well, I still say they're Fools for letting it go!

...But Happy to see it go somewhere it'll be appreciated!

Nice save Juls, Nels and the gang!!

Posted June 28, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Relocated to sto rage in Delaware. Future dates are uncertain but it is a future and we are happy about that.

Posted May 11, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Everything takes a lot of time, but I think this concept can say what I can't about this project and why these bridges are important and how they can be the hub of a vibrant park. If you know me at all, you realize how important the amphitheater is, as is the children park area, the river bank. Access to our rivers.

This is the final version 1 before commentary by anyone official. We do not have ownership of the park land, that is EWEB and the boat access is under management by the county. We just have our rectangle of land.

Posted May 9, 2017, by Lori watson (Watsonware [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is mosier creek bridge in mosier, oregon

Posted May 2, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a beauty!

Stephen, I think it would be awesome if you could add those photos to this site!

Posted May 2, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

One that no longer exists.

Posted May 1, 2017, by Anonymous

What is a Lost Warren deck?

Posted May 1, 2017, by Stephen Wood (snwood1 [at] charter [dot] net)

I live near this great bridge. Lots to say and I do love McCulloughs bridges all over the state. I have a few copies of pictures when he visited the site and of opening day. Dont know if anyone interested in me emailing these photos.

Posted April 17, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like they were able to heat straighten the end post back and lower chord into position.

Posted April 14, 2017, by Ray from KOL
Posted April 12, 2017, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I found this while going through some of my grandparents old trinkets. These tokens were used after the construction of the southbound bridge in 1958 and the toll was lifted in 1966.

Posted April 11, 2017, by Heidi (bigredumpire [at] aol [dot] com)

Last update on Park Place Bridge appears to be from 2009.

Based on the location on the map and the comment regarding old 82nd, I believe this bridge following an odd intersection between 82nd and E Clackamas Blvd at at Columbia ave now is open to auto traffic and connects to the overpass crossing hwy 205 that becomes Redland Rd which turns into hwy 213 as you travel south southeast out of Oregon City towards Molalla and Silverton.

The improvements to allow Park Place bride to accommodate vehicles in addition to pedestrian traffic were made during, becoming part of, the Redland Road Overcrossing Project aka 'Jughandle' Project, and opened to auto traffic in 2013/14. Crossing from the N side of the river, Gladstone/SE Portland, via 82nd is virtually seamless, while crossing hwy 205 to reach Park Place Bridge from Oregon City, hwy 213, is a bit more difficult as it is not marked and all indications remain that you must merge onto 205 and use the the 205 bridge just North and then exit at Sunnyside/SunnyBrooke or 82nd in order to cross the Willamette river.

Posted March 27, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Pigeon droppings can also be a health hazard for bridge inspectors. In the Pacific Northwest (Washington State) I noticed that Ospreys like to nest at the top of bridges, notably main post "towers" of cantilever through trusses. This results in quite a mess of droppings...

Posted March 27, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Posted March 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not to interject seriousness into this levity...

But bird's mess can be acidic and bad for metal. This issue emphasizes the importance of cleaning, maintenance, and fresh paint on bridges with extreme bird activity.

If you go to the San Antonio Riverwalk you might notice betting on the underside of the bridges. Of course, this has to do with people under the bridges...

Posted March 27, 2017, by The Answer

Posted March 27, 2017, by Anonymous

Eun fhalbh

Posted March 27, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They usually pick the side with the superior view... Thus increasing the odds that a human will come in contact with it.

Posted March 27, 2017, by Anonymous

Please refrain from using coarse, offensive language on this august Web forum.

There are more appropriate words that could have been uses to convey the same meaning.

Dookie springs to mind as a good choise.

Posted March 27, 2017, by Anonymous

Maybe they like to take off into the wind, and jettison excess cargo before liftoff.

Perhaps the breeze is better on one side of the bridge, so more cargo is left there.

Posted March 26, 2017, by Anonymous

Most Avian excretion takes place on the which way does the wind blow?

Posted March 26, 2017, by Justin clark (justintravisclark [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I walked across the old bridge and noticed that one railing on one side only was completely coated inbird shit while the railing on the other side didn't have so much as a spec can anybody tell me why this is

Posted March 25, 2017, by Mark Ridenhour (nwharleypair [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photo of the bridge taken in 1951.

Posted March 20, 2017, by Dennis Osborne (partsboss46 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Seems to me I remember as a child this bridge either getting widened or replaced.. late 1960s/70s


Posted March 11, 2017, by Matt (wmfbook [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone have any updated information on how frequently the P&W runs trains over the Holcomb Creek Trestle now that the shortcut has been built in Wilksboro (just east of Banks)? I have only been able to get out there on Friday nights to see the train crossing the trestle, but if they are running during the day now, that would be great to see.

Posted February 26, 2017, by Vickie Daniels (vickiedaniels [at] charter [dot] net)

Do you know where I could find info/photos of the original building of the bridge?

Posted February 14, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Absolutely! I had missed this detail on this bridge last time I viewed it. Look at the sway bracing, this appears to have been reused and altered, as empty rivet holes and splices indicate. I assume the bridge was widened slightly and it also appears some verticals and endposts were strengthened.

The bridge should be properly described as an 1884 bridge rehabilitated/altered in 1901. As such, it is among the older truss bridges in Oregon.

Posted February 14, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Plate says 1884 but the portal says 1901. I'm guessing this means the bridge was built in 1884 and reconstructed in 1901? Thoughts?

Posted January 22, 2017, by Brandon Cooper

It is amazing at the major films that were filmed there.

Posted January 17, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Thanks Mike, that definitely explains the odd appearance I was seeing in the aerial images!

Posted January 12, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The eastern approach looks like it has steel bents, not concrete piers as pictured. Does anyone (Mike) have photos of the east approach substructure?

Posted November 26, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I recently visited this Conde McCullough Bridge and tunnel. It was outstanding.

Posted October 28, 2016, by Anonymous

The covered bridge isn't added yet.

Here's the info so you can add it.

A.S. Miller & Sons is the preexisting builder category.

Posted October 28, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

You can watch a McKenzie River Trust documentary on McKenzie River Covered Bridges here. Its cool. It shows clips of both bridges that I include here from screen shots, the covered and the railroad. I suppose the covered actually needs an entry? And the reasoning for the covered bridges here makes sense, protection from the elements let them last longer.

Posted October 25, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

$26,000 has been raised out of $100,000 needed for railing, beautiful BACH Steel gates and decking. The purchase order for the main gate, the Northern Gateway to Springfield will be sent this week to Nels. They have designed a beautiful laced, riveted, rosetted, gate that goes perfectly with the bridge. We have asked the University of Oregon for critique, their preservation class with Christopher Bell and Don Petting met at the bridge at the end of September.

We are on site and working it. In the meantime, get ready to check out the Springfield Des Arc page, work commences soon. Nels is checking into final details in Arkansas.

Posted September 11, 2016, by Dollarhide Descendant

These are my people. One branch of the family moved to the Yakima Valley. Further descendants were Canadian pioneers.

Posted September 9, 2016, by Niko Lewis (panaurocks [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wasnt there a train derailment on the bridge back in the day and isnt the train still underwater to this day.

Posted July 26, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just a little TLC - Timber and Land CleanUp...

Posted July 22, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Feel free to print this on card stock, send them to your friends. I've found that trading cards, post cards, bookmarks are kind of fun to do when we are going somewhere. A quick snap shot of the Workin' Bridges of today taking on a project that we are not sure where it will go. Will we be the interim owner? Will we be able to develop the heritage park idea that is emerging with preservation via ownership? Those are the questions swirling at hq these days as we finish up and prepare to lift Martin Road, waiting patiently for the engineering for the bowstring move.

Finishing up the details for Dy & Anna's (the advance team) trip to Oregon next week to meet with interested folks in Springfield and Eugene for a couple of days. I'll be posting the press release with more info on where and when they will be around tomorrow but plan on the Chamber of Commerce in Springfield, Oregon at 2:00 next Wednesday for the public and any interested folks to get their ideas on the idea board. Dy will also be presenting at the Springfield Historic Commission on Tuesday at 5:30.

Posted July 12, 2016, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

From what I can find the history of the bridge is as follows....

Built: 1917-18

Approaches replaced: 1953

Approaches widened, added and modified various years in 1960's & 70's.

Main spans replaced: 1982-84.

These dates are all based off the available plan sheets in ODOT's system.

I hope this helps clear up any questions.


Posted July 9, 2016, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I will check into this date issue when I get a chance. I'll be doing an inspection on the replacement bridge soon.


Posted July 8, 2016, by Dave Cox (runnindingo [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can assure you that the bridge was not torn down in 1969. I was a resident of Salem from 1975-80. I last drove over that particular bridge in Nov-80 as I sadly moved south to Cali.

I remember walking across the bridge in 76 as a big truck drove over. The bridge shook so much as to make me nervous and wonder if the bridge was past its time.

I also remember the traffic was always backed up during morning rush hour adding additional weight to the already stressed bridge. I often waited and watch the light cycle 3 times before I got across the bridge.

I can assure you that the demo date in this article is incorrect.

Posted June 9, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's an Invitation to all Bridge Hunters in the Oregon/Washington area.

Please come join in the celebration from 4-7 pm Monday, June 13th at Hayden Bridge on Marcola Road in Springfield, Oregon. Some remarks at 5:45 as we toast to the past and wave to the future.

Be part of the planning for the future of this bridge. More was revealed. You guys don't know how hard it was being quiet during the negotiations on this one. Talk about corporate! We are grateful to Weyerhaeuser for their generous donation that gets the planning started.

That's the point when one goes, "Oh dear, we just bought another bridge!"

and then one goes "SLAP, IT'S A WHIPPLE!... a genuine old fantastic cast iron truss...."

and it is Bridge of the Year 2016 on Bridgehunter. this is a win for all of us on this site. thank you all for your insites and contributions, it's how we find out. Thanks to Mike Goff who let us use any of his pictures.

Posted June 8, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grinnell, Iowa • Holt, Michigan •

Springfield, Oregon

The North Skunk River Greenbelt Association’s (NSRGA) Workin' Bridges is delighted to announce that Weyerhaeuser Company has agreed to a solution to preserve historic Hayden Railroad Bridge which spans the scenic McKenzie River, in Springfield, Oregon. The Hayden Bridge is a rare 1882 Whipple Truss bridge built of wrought and cast iron members. It is in excellent condition.

In 2015, Workin’ Bridges began working with Weyerhaeuser to consider options for the disposition of the bridge. After nearly a year, a mutually acceptable solution for the Hayden Bridge was developed.

Weyerhaeuser sold the bridge to the Iowa-based non-profit corporation for $1. The company also donated the land that the bridge sits on along with a generous cash allocation of $25,000. The funds will be used for planning and preserving the bridge, and designing the park land around it. This will allow the bridge to continue to cross the McKenzie River at its present location.

On June 13th, Diane Roth, President of NSRGA, Julie Bowers and Nels Raynor co-founders of Workin’ Bridges, will be in Springfield, Oregon to accept title to the property.

Workin' Bridges will be hosting a picnic at the bridge from 4 until 7 p.m. "We hope to meet many people, and will be announcing the team that will be going to work immediately gathering community input on designing and planning for the Hayden Bridge and property. We would love to see many bridge lovers on Monday to celebrate preservation." stated Bowers, Executive Director of NSRGA.

"Hayden Bridge is one of the prettiest bridges I've ever had the pleasure of walking on and I look forward to preserving it. Of all the bridges I've been involved with, this one deserves to be in a museum," stated Nels Raynor - Owner, BACH Steel and co-founder Workin' Bridges.

“We are pleased to find a solution that preserves Hayden Bridge,” said Greg Miller, Government Relations Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company.

Generally, NSRGA will be the interim owner of the bridge, satisfying the insurance and liability requirements, providing the expert restoration and engineering required, and finding the long term owners or a trail system that would take this on.

“We have to go into every project knowing that we are the owner, maybe for life in order to satisfy preservation covenants, and we look forward to helping find the best future for this span in this area. Now the conversation begins on what this historic bridge park will look like", said Julie Bowers.

“We look forward to bringing to the table officials from Springfield, Lane County and preservation officials at the state level as well as students, community members and bridge lovers as we start to look at this project. It is a blank slate, except for the bridge. We know what it needs in the short term, railing, decking and lighting which our master craftsmen, Nels Raynor and his BACH Steel Rivet Gang, will do. They use techniques that were used when this bridge was built working with cast and wrought iron, and will give the museum piece the attention to detail that it deserves.”

Hayden Bridge is a rare 1882 Whipple Truss, built of wrought and cast iron members, manufactured by Clark & Reeves Co, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The bridge is in excellent condition. Originally built as a replacement to an original crossing for the Transcontinental Railroad in Corrine, Utah, this railroad bridge was moved in 1901 to Springfield, Oregon where it remained in service until 1987, most recently owned by Weyerhaeuser.

Anyone interested in being part of the future of this bridge should contact Julie Bowers at, or call 641.260.1262

The North Skunk River Greenbelt Association - NSRGA was founded in 2010 and is dedicated to the preservation of historic truss bridges.

Workin' Bridges, a nonprofit dedicated to historic truss bridge restoration, under the guidance of The North Skunk River Greenbelt Association (NSRGA). Workin’ Bridges was founded by Julie Bowers and Nels Raynor at the end of 2011 to provide consulting for other bridge restoration projects while we tried to figure out how to save our own bowstring bridge.

Historical Significance (Library of Congress): The Hayden Bridge incorporates two features that were milestones in the history of wrought iron bridge building: the Whipple-Murphy truss and the Phoenix column. The Hayden Bridge was fabricated by Clarke, Reeves & Company, Phoenixville Bridge Works of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania in 1882. It was originally erected across the Bear River at Corrine, Utah by the Central Pacific Railroad, on the line that was part of the first Transcontinental Railroad. The bridge was dismantled and reassembled across the McKenzie River near Springfield, Oregon in 1901, as part of a logging spur line owned by the Southern Pacific Railroad. The 224 feet long wrought-iron span includes hollow "Phoenix Columns," an innovative fabrication design of the wrought-iron period of American bridge building. This feature was a staple of the Phoenixville Bridge Works. The span is a Double-Intersection Pratt Truss, also called a Whipple-Murphy Truss. In 1847, Squire Whipple patented his design for a Pratt Truss made of iron, with diagonal web members crossing two panel points. The Hayden Bridge is made of wrought-iron, except for the connections and ornamentation, which are cast-iron. Ornamental medallions are placed at the crossing of the diagonal portal bracings. Railroad brake-wheel designs decorate the corner portal brackets. A cast-iron nameplate atop the portal gives the full name of the Phoenixville Works.

Posted May 18, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Finally. The preliminary purchase agreements have been edited and we have a closing date in June. The "Bridge of the Year" is on track to begin planning for it to be open. As always when we go into a project, we go in as the owner and with the commitment that in the end, we are the owners, until future ownership can be determined.

We have found that under our ownership there is no question that the job will be done right. The bridge here requires railing that must equal the quality of the job and be decorative and safe. It needs decking and lighting. We are utilizing our local DOT friends to help get the word out to those that want to be part of the planning project. We have funds to help the design and planning process and have talked with the a professor at the University about master's level internships yet this summer that will move the conversation forward.

This bridge, too, was on a course for demolition, until Workin' Bridges stepped in. With perseverance, we were able to convince Weyerhaeuser that this would be a gift to the city of Springfield and Lane County, Oregon for this majestic bridge to get the attention it deserves.

The history is compelling. The Phoenix Bridge story is compelling. The use on the transcontinental railroad system is compelling. It's move is compelling because these bridges were built for this.

This bridge is to be preserved. Coast to coast, more are seeing the light bulbs go off, that these are resources not liabilities.

Woo Hoo.