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BNSF - Cowlitz River Bridge


Cowlitz River Railroad Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on July 20, 2008


BH Photo #132331


Street View 


Scherzer rolling lift bridge over Cowlitz River on B.N.S.F. Railroad in Longview
Longview, Cowlitz County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built in 1926 as a swing span, Bascule Span was Built 1908 in Long Beach, CA, Moved to Longview 1934
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Northern Pacific Railway (NP)
The Cowlitz River Railroad bridge is a four span through truss bridge with a Scherzer rolling bascule lift span. It was built in 1926 as a swing span to serve the Long Bell lumber Company Sawmill witch was the biggest sawmill in the world at the time.The lift span was originally constructed in 1908 over the San Gabriel River in Long Beach, California. The span was moved to Longview in 1934.
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 700.0 ft.
Also called
Port of Longview Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.10364, -122.89308   (decimal degrees)
46°06'13" N, 122°53'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/508263/5105568 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 38511 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 15, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 11, 2018: New photos from Leslie R Trick
  • April 29, 2015: New photo from Mike Garland
  • October 29, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added related bridge
  • October 25, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • June 29, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • August 30, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • July 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "Relocated", "Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway"
  • January 12, 2009: Added by Michael Goff

Related Bridges 


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Leslie R Trick - Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com


Cowlitz River - B.N.S.F. Bridge
Posted November 8, 2009, by Robert Thompson

It sure looks like it was built as a bascule bridge.