Kukin Run Fruitcake Bridge
Photo provided by Scott Gavin
BH Photo #251971
Harold Palmer began construction of this unusual bridge in 1922 after receiving more than a dozen inedible fruitcakes during the holiday system. He has been quoted as saying that he began the project after thinking that there must be something the useless confectionary could be used for. The fruitcakes were compressed using a home-made vice, and dry fitted. The compressed cakes were found to be both waterproof and impervious to animal and insect infestation. "There was some concern recently that so much compressed fruitcake stacked tightly in so small a space might cause spontaneous cold fusion, but, fortunately, the bridge was completed before critical mass was reached." Quoted Prof. Alvin Hardbottle of University of Oregon when asked about this unusual structure.
- Single-span arch bridge over Wash-and-Wear Creek
- Eugene, Lane County, Oregon
- Open to pedestrians only
- Construction began 1922, completed 1959
- - Harry Palmer (licensed hermit)
- Only known bridge in the world to be constructed of compressed fruitcake
Span length: 55.7 ft.
Total length: 55.7 ft.
Deck width: 6.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +44.04424, -123.07391 (decimal degrees)
44°02'39" N, 123°04'26" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 10/494078/4876788 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Eugene East
- Inventory number
- BH 55950 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 12/2011)
- Deck condition rating: Soggy
Superstructure condition rating: Fair
Substructure condition rating: Unknown
Sufficiency rating: 49.9 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
- August 17, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Added category "Destroyed by Solar Eclipse"
- April 1, 2013: Added by James Baughn based on a tip from Scott Gavin