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BNSF - Celilo Bridge


Celilo Bridge

from southwest on Fulton Ridge near Fairbanks Gap

Photo taken by Michael Goff on January 10, 2009


BH Photo #132343


Street Views 


Vertical lift bridge over Columbia River on Oregon Trunk Railroad Line in Celilo, OR and Wishram, WA
Celilo, Wasco County, Oregon, and Klickitat County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1912
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Engineer)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Oregon Trunk Railway (OTR)
The Celilo Bridge was built near the site of Celilo Falls in 1912. The bridge was originally a fixed span structure, but a swing span was added during the construction of the Celilo Canal which provided marine passage of the falls. In late 1950ís a vertical lift span was added as a part of the construction of The Dalles Dam which flooded the canal and the falls in 1957. The swing span remains in place but has not been operational since the lift span was installed. The bridge consists of six fixed span through Parker trusses, one vertical lift span, one swing span and many plate girder approach spans.
Also called
BNSF - Columbia River Bridge
Oregon Trunk Line Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.64846, -120.98159   (decimal degrees)
45°38'54" N, 120°58'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/657276/5056971 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 38514 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 4, 2018: New photos from Leslie R trick
  • January 12, 2018: New Street View added by Leslie R trick
  • August 25, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • February 28, 2017: New photos from Kyle Jarvis
  • October 10, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • October 4, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 12, 2014: Updated by Evin Fairchild: it was built in 1912, not 1911
  • April 3, 2013: New Street View added by Mike Goff
  • January 5, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff
  • April 18, 2010: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • April 21, 2009: New photo from Michael Goff
  • January 13, 2009: Added by Michael Goff

Related Bridges 


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Wikipedia - Oregon Trunk Rail Bridge
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Kyle Jarvis
  • Leslie R Trick


BNSF - Celilo Bridge
Posted March 29, 2014, by Mark Lesage (rattlesnakerapids [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Please include height of bridge or clearance....so that sailboats can have an idea of the mast falling or not.