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Shepperds Dell Bridge


Shepperds Dell Bridge

July 13, 2007

Photo taken by Michael Goff in July 2007


BH Photo #115905

Street Views 


Concrete arch bridge over Shepperds Dell on Historical Columbia River Highway
Multnomah County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1914
- Charles H. Purcell (Bridge Engineer)
- Karl P. Billner (Design Engineer)
- Pacific Bridge Co. of Portland, Oregon (Prime Contractor)
- The Construction Co. (Sub-Contractor)
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 149.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.9 ft.
Also called
Youngs Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.54664, -122.19777   (decimal degrees)
45°32'48" N, 122°11'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/562623/5043991 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bridal Veil
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OR 04528 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 30115 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 30.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2022: New photos from Mike Garland
  • August 3, 2022: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • June 25, 2022: New photo from Jim Kuhn
  • May 8, 2022: New photo from Dave King
  • June 16, 2019: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 9, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • February 5, 2018: New photo from Dave King
  • October 9, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 8, 2017: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 8, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • April 20, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • July 24, 2008: New photos from Michael Goff
  • July 8, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • June 25, 2008: New photo from Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER OR-23 - Shepperds Dell Bridge, Spanning Young Creek at Columbia River Highway, Latourell vicinity, Multnomah County, OR
  • Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon - Dwight A. Smith, James B. Norman & Pieter T. Dykman, Oregon Historical Society Press, 1989
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Richard Doody
  • Jim Kuhn - smallcurio [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net


Shepperds Dell Bridge
Posted August 24, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Architectural and supplemental elements of bridges are always important aspects to photograph! Stairways, decorative approach pillars, etc. Jesse found a very cool retaining wall near one of the Texas metroplex bridges, can't remember off the top of my head which one... the retaining wall was near the bridge on the same road, but not part of the bridge. However photographing it was helpful because it established that the aesthetics of the bridge were part of a larger effort to improve the aesthetics of the road, as the retaining wall had similar architectural details. Any photos that help tell the story of the bridge or put it into context (view looking from bridge, etc) are OK to include!

Shepperds Dell Bridge
Posted August 24, 2022, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

For this bridge, the stairs are not part of the original bridge plan sheets, but that doesn't mean they were not built at the same time.

I agree with Tony that if the stairway is an interesting feature at the crossing there is nothing wrong with showcasing the area with a few photos.

Many of the large Conde McCullough era structures on the Oregon Coast have elaborate staircases at the ends that were built with the bridge that are documented with a few photos.

Shepperds Dell Bridge
Posted August 19, 2022, by Mike Garland (Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net)

Thanks Tony, I was kind of thinking the same thing, but I didn't want to post anything that didn't fit the criteria of a bridge without getting some opinions.

Shepperds Dell Bridge
Posted August 18, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

If the railing extended off of the bridge and then down the steps I would be more inclined to say yes. But even if they aren't, there's nothing wrong with adding a few pics to the page as they are a feature of that area.

Shepperds Dell Bridge
Posted August 18, 2022, by Mike Garland (mustangmike [dot] garland [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have a quick question. The stairs, wall and path down to the observation platform were built at the same time as the bridge (as near as I can determine). Are they considered part of the bridge?

Shepperds Dell Bridge
Posted November 23, 2007, by James Norman (james [dot] b [dot] norman [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

A couple of photos for your collection. These were both shot for HAER and are in the public domain. photos by James Norman for HAER.