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Orient Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #150871

Map 

Description 

The 180-foot-long, steel Parker truss Orient Bridge is one of only five bridges of this type built before 1910 remaining in Washington State. The arched top chord of the Parker truss design (a variation of the Pratt truss) increased structural rigidity. This innovation enabled construction of longer spans than was possible with other pin-connected bridge designs of the early twentieth century. The Orient Bridge is significant locally for the role it played in the transportation network of Ferry and Stevense counties, Washington, and for its importance in facilitating movement of mineral and timber resources to nearby refining and production centers. The Orient Bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. (HAER WA-32)

Facts 

Overview
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Kettle River on Orient Main Street
Location
Orient, Ferry County, Washington, and Stevens County, Washington
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1909; replaced ca. 1993
Builder
- Charles G. Sheely of Denver, Colorado
Design
Pin-connected, 10-panel Parker through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.86620, -118.19882   (decimal degrees)
48°51'58" N, 118°11'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/412081/5413275 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 80996 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 3, 2018: Added

Sources 

  • HAER WA-32 - Orient Bridge, Spanning Kettle River at Richardson Road, Orient, Ferry County, WA