Mike Goff

About Me 

Email: michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com

My fascination with bridges runs clear to my soul. Like many kids I loved playing in the dirt with trucks. Naturally this lead me to building bridges for the many Tonka towns in which my cousin and I built when we were kids. Our crowning childhood bridging achievement was the construction of a 60-foot log bridge over the creek on my grandfatherís farm.

Then in the summer of 1997 my family took a trip to Coos Bay, Oregon. While driving down the Oregon coast I discovered Oregonís master bridge builder Conde B. McCullough and his elegant coastal bridges. Upon seeing the magnificent structures over Yaquina Bay, the Siuslaw River and Coos Bay I knew I wanted to be a bridge man.

After graduating from high school I moved to Oregon to study civil engineering. After a couple of years of distractions from my other love, ice hockey, I enrolled at Oregon Institute of Technology to pursue my engineering degree. While at OIT I started a project cataloging the historic bridges of Oregon, Washington and Northern California. My initial focus for this project was to catalog and study the works of McCullough. However I discovered this site and my focus expanded to all types of bridges.

I graduated from OIT in the spring of 2008 with a degree in civil engineering and now work as a bridge inspector for the Oregon Department of Transportation. I became a licensed professional engineer in 2012 and now tinker with bridge maintenance design in addition to my inspection work. I take great pride knowing I am one of the caretakers of these awe inspiring structures and getting to live my childhood dream of working on bridges.

The Favorite Photos listed below show a series of photos that attempt to showcase the masterful work of Conde B. McCullough, I hope you enjoy.

Favorite Photos 

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Yaquina Bay Bridge

Yaquina Bay Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
From the Newport waterfront

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Yaquina Bay Bridge

Yaquina Bay Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Through arch truss details

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Conde B. McCullough Bridge

Conde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge (Coos County, Oregon)
from the southwest

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Arch Bracing and Hangers

Jacob Conser Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)

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Recent Updates 

Rock Point Bridge (Jackson County, Oregon)
Concrete arch bridge over Rogue River on OR 99
December 11, 2018: New photos
Wheatland Ferry (Marion County, Oregon)
Ferry across Willamette River on Wheatland Rd/Matheny Rd
November 15, 2018: New photo
Salmon River Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Concrete arch bridge over Salmon River on OR 18
November 9, 2018: New photos
Liberty Street Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pringle Creek on Liberty Street SE
October 26, 2018: Added
Cross Street Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pringle Creek on Cross Street SE
October 26, 2018: Added
Church Street Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pringle Creek & Shelton Ditch on Church Street SE
October 26, 2018: Added
Church Street Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pringle Creek & Shelton Ditch on Church Street SE
October 26, 2018: New photos
Cross Street Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pringle Creek on Cross Street SE
October 26, 2018: New photos
Liberty Street Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pringle Creek on Liberty Street SE
October 26, 2018: New photos
Commercial Street Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Concrete stringer bridge over Pringle Creek on Commercial Street SE
October 26, 2018: New photos
Union Street Railroad Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Pratt through truss bridge over Willamette River on Pedestrian/Bicycle trail (former Union Pacific Railroad) in Salem
October 26, 2018: New photos
Mosier Twin Tunnels (Wasco County, Oregon)
Tunnel under Mosier Tunnel on Historical Columbia River Highway Trail
October 26, 2018: New photos
I-5 - Interstate Bridge (Southbound) (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Parker through truss bridge over Columbia River on Southbound I-5
October 26, 2018: New photos
I-5 - Interstate Bridge (Northbound) (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Vertical lift bridge over the Columbia River on northbound I-5 between Vancouver and Portland in Portland
October 26, 2018: New photos
Ross Island Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Cantilevered steel arch bridge over Willamette River on US 26 in Portland
October 26, 2018: New photo
Tilikum Crossing (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Cable-stayed bridge over Willamette River on MAX Light Rail Orange Line, Portland Streetcar, Pedestrian Path & Bus Lanes
October 26, 2018: New photo
I-5 - Marquam Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Cantilevered Warren deck truss bridge over Willamette River on I-5 in Portland
October 26, 2018: New photo
Hawthorne Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Vertical lift bridge over Willamette River on Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland
October 26, 2018: New photo
Morrison Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Bascule bridge over Willamette River on Morrison Street in Portland
October 26, 2018: New photo
Steel Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Vertical-lift through truss bridge over Willamette River on Pacific Highway West & MAX Blue Line in Portland
October 26, 2018: New photos
Broadway Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Rall-Bascule lift bridge over Willamette River on Broadway Street in Portland
October 26, 2018: New photos
Fremont Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Steel through arch bridge over Willamette River on I-405 in Portland
October 26, 2018: New photo
BNSF - Willamette River Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Vertical lift bridge over Willamette River on BNSF Railway Line in Portland
October 26, 2018: New photo
St. Johns Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Suspension bridge over Willamette River on US 30 Bypass in Portland
October 26, 2018: New photo
Dry Canyon Creek Bridge (Wasco County, Oregon)
Concrete arch bridge over Dry Canyon Creek on Historical Columbia River Highway
October 25, 2018: New photos
Trestle Bay Trestle (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Abandoned bridge over Jetty lagoon
September 26, 2018: New photo
Alder Creek Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Alder Creek on OR 22
September 25, 2018: Added
Alder Creek Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Slab bridge over Alder Creek on OR 22
September 25, 2018: Added
Buck Creek Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Slab bridge over Buck Creek on OR 22
September 25, 2018: Added
Okanogan River Bridge (Okanogan County, Washington)
Concrete arch bridge over Okanogan River on Central Avenue (WA 155 Spur) in Omak
September 25, 2018: New photos
Northport Bridge (Stevens County, Washington)
Cantilevered Warren through truss bridge over Columbia River on WA 25 in Northport
September 25, 2018: New photos
KFR - Kettle Falls Bridge (Stevens County, Washington)
Cantilevered through truss bridge over Columbia River on Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
September 25, 2018: New photos
Kettle Falls Bridge (Stevens County, Washington)
Through truss bridge over Columbia River on US 395
September 25, 2018: New photos
Fort Spokane Bridge (Lincoln County, Washington)
Through truss bridge over Spokane River on WA 25 at Miles
September 25, 2018: New photos
Beebe Bridge (Douglas County, Washington)
Steel through arch bridge over Columbia River on US 97
September 25, 2018: New photos
Buck Creek Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Slab bridge over Buck Creek on OR 22
September 18, 2018: New photos
Alder Creek Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Slab bridge over Alder Creek on OR 22
September 18, 2018: New photos
Alder Creek Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Alder Creek on OR 22
September 18, 2018: New photos
Russian Gulch Bridge (Mendocino County, California)
Concrete arch bridge over Russian Gulch on CA 1
June 28, 2018: New photos
Albion River Bridge (Mendocino County, California)
Deck truss bridge over Albion River on CA 1
June 28, 2018: New photos
Astoria-Megler Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Continuous rigid-cantilever Warren through truss bridge over Columbia River on US 101 in Astoria
June 28, 2018: New photo
Lewis & Clark River Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Bascule lift bridge over Lewis & Clark River on Business US 101
June 28, 2018: New photos
Youngs Bay Bridge (New) (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Vertical lift bridge over Youngs Bay on US 101 in Astoria
June 28, 2018: New photos
Fernbridge (Humboldt County, California)
Concrete arch bridge over Eel River on CA 211
June 26, 2018: New photos
Wilson River Overflow Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Wilson River Overflow on Boquist Road (Former US 101)
October 30, 2017: Added
Wilson River Overflow Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Wilson River Overflow on Boquist Road (Former US 101)
October 30, 2017: New photos
Youngs Bay Bridge (New) (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Vertical lift bridge over Youngs Bay on US 101 in Astoria
October 30, 2017: New photo
Pudding River Relief Channel Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pudding River Relief Channel on OR-99E
October 30, 2017: Added
Pudding River Relief Channel Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pudding River Relief Channel on OR-99E
October 30, 2017: New photos
Chitwood Covered Bridge 37-21-03 (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Covered Howe through truss bridge over Yaquina River on Chitwood Road, just off US 20
October 30, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

RE: OR/WA bridge in video...
Posted November 18, 2018

http://bridgehunter.com/wa/cowlitz/longview/

I believe the bridge in the video posted by Rebecca below is the Lewis & Clark Bridge in Longview, Washington.

Posted November 15, 2018

I know nothing about this structure, I believe when I first added this bridge it was listed with an unknown build date. Then Charles posted something about the 1908 build date which was incorporated into the listing.

I would agree that the truss details are more consistent with something pre-1900. My guess is that the truss was moved to this location in 1908 from somewhere else in the country.

Most rail trusses in the northwest prior to 1900 were timber trusses built in the 1880's and 90's. My guess is the timber decayed away in 20 to 30 years and recycled trusses were brought in to replace the timber. There are plenty of examples of this practice around Oregon.

Posted October 31, 2018

Mike,

Is this one of those fiberglass made to order bridges? Oregon State Parks has a few of these on their trail system, that I have had the pleasure of inspecting.

Just curious.

Mike Goff

Posted October 26, 2018

This structure was replaced in 1990 by a made to order steel girder structure for the Banks-Vernonia Trail. The only remaining portion of the original bridge is the timber pile trestle bents located on the slopes below the abutments.

The bridge pictured is the steel replacement structure.

Posted April 11, 2018

Richard Doody,

This bridge is a duplicate of the Horsethief Canyon Bridge at the following link.

http://bridgehunter.com/wa/klickitat/1492B0000000/

The name Horsethief Canyon comes from the WSDOT bridge lists, I didn't name it that.

You might move your photos over to that listing and delete the duplicate listing to keep harmony on the website.

Nice photos and happy bridge hunting,

Mike

Posted December 1, 2017

Mike Garland,

Glad to see someone finally got some photos of this old bridge.

I always wanted to take a boat ride under it, but have never found the time.

Once again, nice job.

Mike Goff

RE: Design
Posted September 11, 2017

In Oregon our bridge inspection manual defines a culvert as...

"A drainage structure beneath an embankment. Typically they: carry water, are surrounded by fill or an embankment, may or may not have a bottom and the design construction plans are generally standard culvert drawings."

I guess what that is saying is if you have a drainage structure that is buried in an embankment, it is a culvert.

Posted September 6, 2017

The Oneonta Tunnel caught fire this week during the Eagle Creek Fire east of Portland.

http://www.kptv.com/story/36294814/eagle-creek-fire-tears-th...

ODOT inspectors were going to try to check on the bridges on both I-84 and the historic highway today to see if the fire has caused any further damage to these prized structures.

The Columbia River Gorge and the Historic Columbia River Highway is going to be changed for a generation thanks to some careless teenagers.

Posted August 31, 2017

Nice photo Steven! It looks like you picked a way nicer day then I did back in 2009, not my best work.

Cheers,

Mike

Posted July 28, 2017

The Siuslaw River Bridge is being rehabilitated, concrete repairs with a cathodic protection system. Even with the containment it is a magnificent structure. I got to spend last night hanging under the bascule span and woke up to this view!

RE: Bridges
Posted July 28, 2017

All I have to say is the quality of structures and information added to this site over the past few years has declined.

I use to get excited about going out and taking high quality photos and digging for pieces of information to add to the collective body of work on this site. However, as the site became more and more watered down the less desire I had to add information. Things started changing with the flooding of the site with standardized rail bridges and modern roadway bridges. Then came a flood of low quality photographs.

I am not trying to cause discontent with the contributors here or create conflict. I just thought it would be appropriate to express my opinion and explain why my contribution have dropped off over the past few years.

Maybe it is possible that I took this site too seriously, but I always felt that we should stick to the core of what this this collection of bridges is about, bring awareness to historic bridges of our nation.

Flooding the market of what is noteworthy just weakens the message, in my opinion.

Posted May 11, 2017

I could post hundreds like it from Oregon alone.

Posted April 26, 2017

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/data/tools/bridgeclearance/

WSDOT has created a tool for checking tall vehicle routes. It looks like you will be fine in your RV.

Posted April 12, 2017

I found this while going through some of my grandparents old trinkets. These tokens were used after the construction of the southbound bridge in 1958 and the toll was lifted in 1966.

1950's Tee Beams
Posted December 16, 2016

This is just my opinion so take it for what is it worth...

I believe these are the break point for the era of bridges with historic value and the interstate era of throwaway standardized structures.

When the designers quite trying to build structures with aesthetically pleasing details and switched to standard rails and other details is when the bridges quit becoming historically significant.

I personally think if a tee beam bridge has a visually pleasing rail and/or other detailing and was built to blend with or enhance it's surrounding then it is worthy of mention.

If it has a simple guardrail and no unique detailing it should be relegated to Ugly Bridges.