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Beebe Bridge (Old)


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The bridge was built by the Beebe family for the purpose of carrying 2 12 inch water pipes for irrigation purposes. They also needed a way to transport their crops as ferry prices were too expensive. The family later allowed public auto traffic at a price of course. However because of the weight of the water on the bridge traffic had to be limited. In the spring and fall sheep were herded across the bridge as well.

The Beebe Orchard Company constructed a reinforced concrete tower suspension bridge across the Columbia near Chelan Falls to carry irrigation water to its properties on the east shore of the river. The company recovered the cost of extending the pipeline by building the span with a wooden roadway and opening it as a toll crossing for automobiles on October 10, 1919.


Lost Wire suspension bridge over Columbia River on Flume/Road
Chelan County, Washington
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1919; Removed 1963
- A. Munster
- Beebe Orchard Co. of Chelan, Washington
Wire/cable suspension
Span length: 632.0 ft.
Total length: 632.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.81376, -119.97404   (decimal degrees)
47°48'50" N, 119°58'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/277362/5299884 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chelan Falls
Inventory number
BH 54894 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 2, 2022: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • April 19, 2018: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical info to description
  • April 29, 2017: Updated by Dave Cox: Added history to description
  • October 18, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • October 27, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • February 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added info
  • December 12, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

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