SP Willamette River Bridge (Old)
Photo taken by Douglas Butler in November 2014
BH Photo #308679
How about that crazy guy standing at the top of the stay tower for the swing span? How did he even get up there?
Great information about an amazing structure long lost.
Thanks for the imagery and historical info Scott.
I made a typo in my comment. The bridge was constructed in 1887, not 1897. Like many other Oregon Pacific wooden truss bridges, portions of it were later covered to extend the lifespan of the bridge.
By the way, here is the photograph that the person who did the sketch used, if you'd prefer to see the original.
These photos courtesy Lloyd Palmer. If you want to gauge just how big the bridge was, compare the size of the timber in the picture with the size of the man standing near the front of the bridge.
The bridge was not a Southern Pacific bridge. It was built for the Oregon Pacific Railroad in 1897, and was replaced by the current steel bridge by the Southern Pacific Railroad. At the time of its construction, it was the largest bridge in Oregon.