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Nutty Narrows Bridge

Photos 

File:Squirrel Bridge - Closeup.jpg

Wikipedia user Avi

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BH Photo #309190

Map 

Street View 

Video 

Nutty Narrows Bridge Crossing

See an actual Squirrel cross the Nutty Narrows Bridge

Reed Hadley

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Description 

Before the bridge was built, squirrels had to avoid speeding traffic by running across the street to eat a nutty feast at an office building and back again to a park with large trees.[1]

On March 19, 1963, Amos Peters, after seeing many squirrels being flattened, decided to protect squirrels and give them a way to cross a busy thoroughfare without getting killed by passing cars. The original sky-bridge was built over Olympia Way near the Civic Center in downtown Longview.

A close-up of the bridge deck with sign Designed to look like a mini-suspension bridge, the 60-foot-long (18 m) span and made of an aluminum piping covered with a retired firehose to create the roadway. The total cost for the bridge was $1000.

In 1983, Peters took down the bridge for repairs. Crosspieces were replaced and the faded sign was repainted. Upon its completion, the bridge was re-dedicated with special guests Chip 'n' Dale and Mickey Mouse from Disneyland. Also in attendance were 300 children and local dignitaries. [Wikipedia]

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Olympia Way on Squirrels Crossing in Longview
Location
Longview, Cowlitz County, Washington
Status
Open to squirrels
History
Built 1963; Repaired 1983; Relocated 100 yards to the east in 2007 due to the trees it was previously mounted to beginning to rot.
Builder
- Amos J. Peters of Longview, Washington
Design
Suspension
Dimensions
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 18, 2014
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.14136, -122.94058   (decimal degrees)
46°08'29" N, 122°56'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/504589/5109755 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kelso
Inventory numbers
NRHP 14000500 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 64281 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Open to Squirrels"
  • April 23, 2015: New photos from Mike Garland
  • November 29, 2014: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Wildlife Crossing"
  • November 27, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net

Comments 

Nutty Narrows Bridge
Posted August 19, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Maybe sub Category? Anthony McAuliffe Bridge