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Fish trap ford bridge

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Description 

This was the fist actual bridge in Elgin it replaced a "bridge" that was a few round boards with rocks in the center to support that washed away soon after it's construction Martha Russel told about Her experience crossing the "bridge"

"I rode with my oldest brother and my younger sister across the bridge on our way to cricket flat. My brother was driving (The Wagon) and I asked him to let me walk across but he would not. We were in the high spring seat of the wagon when we started up from the west side, the poles began to roll and the noise of the horses feet and the rolling poles sounded like thunder. When I looked down at the water It looked like it was forty feet down to the bottom of the river. I was glad when we were across! Of course my brother just laughed."

(contrary "History of elgin Oregon Bernal Hug Sr.")

though not the best this bridge was a major improvement over the First "bridge".

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Grande Ronde river on Elgin-Wallowa wagon road
Location
Elgin, Union County, Oregon
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Builder
- Citizens of Elgin or
Design
Lost Timber lattice pony truss bridge over Grande Ronde river
Also called
first Elgin bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.56616, -117.91099   (decimal degrees)
45°33'58" N, 117°54'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/428910/5046250 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elgin
Inventory number
BH 80068 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2018: Updated by Leslie R trick: fixed typo in description

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Sources 

  • Leslie R Trick - Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com