Great Northern must have had a creative engineer in the 1920s. Both the build dates and rehabilitation dates are similar for this structure and this deck truss in Minnesota:
Scheduled for replacement:
There are a few in Wisconsin iirc.
Okay I have never seen a swing bridge with that design are there any other swing bridges with that design on the site?
That is not a bascule bridge that is a swing bridge
Glad the confusion between the Curlew vs Orient Bridge has been resolved. They both span the Kettle River and look similar from a distance.
Back before the internet, I began looking for bridges based on the national register of historic places and was quite disappointed to find the listed Orient Bridge replaced with a concrete slab. A couple of hours later and 2 border crossings in and out of Canada, I was rewarded with a view of the Curlew Bridge.
Thanks for sharing your photos and letting us know these bridges exist, they are great finds!
Thanks to Luke and Nathan for added info on several of the more obscure bridges I've posted here.Even with google its hard to find out the details of the smaller if still historically significant bridges here in the northwest.
This was demolished
Duplicate: https://bridgehunter.com/wa/grant/beverly-railroad/ Now part of one of Washington's lengthy network of rail-trails built on the old MILW ROW.
I can confirm that demolition and replacement is planned for this bridge. Section 106 has been in progress and its moved to mitigation stage, so that is unfortunately the plan.
I Just herd on the news here in Spokane that its being "replaced"
This bridge was originally built with wooden trusses in 1887. It was rebuilt with steel trusswork in 1905. The lift span replaced the swing span after completion of McNary Dam raised the water level in 1954.
I made a mistake it was built in late 1889 and burned in
early 1890 but still less than a year. I am still trying to find the cause of the fire.
Do your photographs mention the company that constructed the bridge at all?
Also there's a county historical society/museum in Kelso, from the looks of it: http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/museum/
Finished bridge, one of several pictures.
I have about 10 pictures of the construction of this bridge. My grandfather was a civil engineer and worked on this project. I would love to have the pictures go to a historical society. Do you have any suggestions?
Bridge deck was replaced, summer 2017.
This is not a duplicate because the photo is looking south while the Riverdale bridge is north of here and the Northern Pacific swing bridge is of to the right of here. When I first saw the photo I had to double check but the determining factor is the NP swing bridge near by I understand your error.
Duplicate this photo should be posted on the Riverdale bridge Willapa River
This bridge was built in 1917 by the Northern Pacific to access the Snoqualmie Falls Lbr. Co. mill. The main span was a 180' pin connected truss built by the Pencoyd Iron Works in 1896 for somewhere on the Northern Pacific main line. The next span was a 90' wooden Howe truss and finally
a 630' pile trestle. In 1925 the Howe truss was replaced in kind and covered with galvanized iron sheets. In 1955 the wooden Howe truss was replaced with two deck plate girder spans 27 and 50 feet long. In 1976 the bridge was donated to the Puget Sound Railway Historical Assn. The three spans were removed after October 1988.
The last log train crossed this bridge in 1985, not 1950. I rode over it in the cab of a locomotive in about 1982.
This was a Northern Pacific bridge that passed to the Burlington Northern then to the Puget Sound Railway Historical Assn. I have some notes on the history of this bridge and will post it if they can be found.
there was a predecessor bridge but it was not built in this location. There are two pictures of a previous wooden bridge built in the Yakima Valley museum that was built around the present sportsman park off of Olivio Rd at the end of the Selah Gap.
There's presently an inquiry going on into whether the driver was distracted due to there being a trainee in the cabin.
Let us also keep in mind that this track is brand new, which eliminates the infrastructure spending reasoning right there...this track was placed in the exact same spot that the old track was...they pulled up the rails and ties and laid new ones in the same exact place; they did not change the alignment at all. The curve that the derailment occurred on was just fine...for freight trains traveling at 30 mph or less, not for a train moving at 80 mph—not to speak of the fact that this curve has a posted 30-mph speed limit. Basically, the operator of the train ignored the speed limit, and that’s what caused the wreck.
I would like to point out that the bridge being in poor condition or a broken rail was probably not the reason it happened. The accident was more than likely due to speed and engineer error. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/amtrak-derailment-train...
Actually, Anonymous makes a good point here. I cannot lay the fault for this tragedy at the feet of any president or politician. In fact, I think it would be loathsome of us to try and use an accident like this for political points.
What would be exceptionally beneficial to America is to reconsider how we fund transportation. It is very difficult for state and local jurisdictions to get Federal funding for repair work. By contrast, it is much easier to get Federal funding for complete replacements.
Given the current financial triage for Federal funding, why would any jurisdiction want to spend money maintaining their bridges when they can simply let the bridge to deteriorate until replacement is necessary?
Under our current funding system, there is simply no incentive to conduct preventative maintenance on bridges.
Granted, this discussion may be completely irrelevant to what happened here in Tacoma. Hopefully, we can learn our lessons from the Tacoma accident and ensure that it never happens again.
THE Prez? Just about every prez since Eisenhower has assured us that he will improve our infrastructure. Two presidents made good on the promise though.
1. Eisenhower with his interstate system.
2. Obama with his stimulus package that resulted in the Demolition and replacement of the Tuscumbia Bridge in Missouri.
Time for the Prez to make good his campaign promise about infrastructure spending.
A train derailed on the SB overpass today. Still being investigated. Sadly, 6 have been reported dead, and a further 77 injured. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/18/us/amtrak-derailment-washi...
While part of the Cedar River Rail Trail, this is actually a former highway bridge. When Washington highway SR-169 was realigned and widened in the early 1990s, 2 railroad bridges were removed, one a through truss bridge similar to Cedar River Trail Bridges #1 and #3 and a through plate girder rail bridge just to the west where the former 2 lane highway passed under the railroad line at an angle. During the road widening project the railroad grade/trail was realigned to allow for the wider highway. To cross the highway, the trail alignment now crosses over this former highway bridge, then loops back under it and the newer wider highway bridge.
I was unable to find the dimensions online
The same "#adventure" internet culture that led to the decking being removed (And the possibility of the whole bridge being removed) touted IPAs as "REEL MANZ BEER", because apparently rotting yeast water is somehow tied to their masculinity.
Just like one of my favorite Eagles songs, "The last Resort", actually the last song on the 1976 "Hotel California" LP.
"They called it paradise, I don't know why
You call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye"
... About people flocking to a place of interest, and destroying what made it special...
Oh, and IPA-swilling? LOL
IPAs are like opinions - everyone's got one, don't wanna hear about it.
I swill Scotch ales & stouts and Belgian ales, among others. 8^D
I wish I could say this was shocking news, but having witnessed firsthand the "intellectual fortitude" of some members of the "adventure culture" that made this bridge famous on instagram and tumblr, I'm surprised it hasn't been demolished already due to some IPA-swilling simpleton's family suing the forestry company that owns it for "wrongful death".
Bridge is doomed according to this story:
David, I believe the bridge in the postcard you posted is of this bridge: https://bridgehunter.com/wa/kittitas/milw-lake-easton/
Reasoning being that that's a spot where the Milwaukee Road crosses both the Yakima and Northern Pacific, something that doesn't happen near Ellensburg, based on old maps.
Does any know where there is or have an image of this crossing in the 1920's. Specifically 1926.
Nice photo Steven! It looks like you picked a way nicer day then I did back in 2009, not my best work.
Pic of bridge.
Maybe they wanted a bridge with higher elevation in case the lake filled up during high water events. Its also worth noting that the new bridge was a realignment for the highway too so it may have afforded a better curve for the highway. It was not unheard of for bridges in this period of rapid development of highways to have a short service life as highways were realigned to allow for safer and higher speeds.
It seems it had something to do with filling in the nearby lake, according to this guy:
Anyone have the story on why this bridge was in use for so little time?
I was going through my grandma's (Katie Wardrip b:1886) cards and letters, and came across this postcard of the construction of the railroad bridge, dated 1913.
I have a number of postcards with date stamps placing grandma Katie in Leahy Washington (1907), in Mansfield (1911-1913), Spokane (1915), and finally in Waitsburg in 1916, where the rest of her family lived.
Maybe sub Category? Anthony McAuliffe Bridge
Nels Raynor... I can almost see that Million Dollar check with your name on it!!!
Pictures of current (and older) Hylebos Bridge at 11th (this bridge) may be found at http://what-where.appspot.com/showitem?featurename=TacHylebo...
I find the pictures of the Tidewater Mill, right next to the current bridge, fascinating. There's just a small beach/spit there now.
Hylebos Bridge at Lincoln Ave (lost) : http://what-where.appspot.com/showitem?featurename=TacHylebo...
Seeing in the pictures the other Hylebos bridge at The bridge at Lincoln was a surprise to me.
Many pictures of current and previous bridge. http://what-where.appspot.com/showitem?featurename=TacMurray...
Assuming my site works, here's a link for pictures of the Blair Bridge (and surrounding area). http://what-where.appspot.com/showitem?featurename=TacBlairB...
Dear Douglas Butler:
I'm working with Pete DePoe on his memoir. He says he was thrown off of that bridge as a kid. Do you mind if I use your drawing in the book pro-bono? Naturally, you will be properly credited.
Please let me know.
An Amtrak train derailed at this bridge on July 2, causing no serious injuries. Officials suspect a last-resort derail switch that is supposed to stop a train from advancing if the bridge is open. Article: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/did-...
I noticed the one titled Moxee as well, which is confusing because they have images of a wooden bridge one the way to Moxee that is a much larger truss paired with several pony trusses.
I ghost-added the metal Moxee Bridge the other day, if you want to refine that entry. I tried to find a build date/contractor, to no avail.
Also I removed image link, if you want to make an entry for the bridge at Naches.
Wasn't that the same image you had added to this entry a month ago?
The image linked calls it the lower bridge.
9 years later ...
As of the posting date of 5/31/17 the Meyers Bridge is destroyed. In Feb. 2016 a flood took out the bridge
The above link shows the damaged bridge
Locals have told me that because of the tight right turn there were many accidents of hitting the bridge. A field trip to the bridge verifies that this is so. This prompted road engineers to abandon this section. Because of teen age parties the bridge is closed to foot traffic.
Builder's plate in photo 2 has 1891. There have probably been repairs to substructure, perhaps even replacement spans, at later times.
In my research I got two contradicting dates of when the bridge was destroyed First date is 1906 according to Yakima Museum. The other is 1964 based on the Whitnall family. They claim that their dad, Jack Whitnall was working for Boise Cascade as promo-man and took this picture at the same time.
I would like to verify this. Any help would be apppreciated
BTW I have family permission to post this picture.
WSDOT has created a tool for checking tall vehicle routes. It looks like you will be fine in your RV.
Did anyone figure out what the height on the sides of this tunnel was, my rv is 12 ft in vertical height, may not be able to drive down the middle where its 15ft
Some brave soul walked in from the west end and took this picture. Considering the earth here is a dam with water waiting to break through again, this picture was pretty risky to take.
I remember reading something to that effect as well Nathan. Although the towers appeared to be unaffected in the old photos, upon inspection they were found to be compromised.
I would have to read the histories again to confirm my memory, but as I recall the specific reasons the towers were scrapped, were that although they did not collapse, they sustained damage as the cables and deck were torn apart and fell into the river. Imagine all the weight of the deck and girders, plus the tension of the cables as that all ripped apart and fell into the river.
I'm kind of surprised that they scraped the towers and cables. I always assumed that the towers, at least were reused.
The location shown for this bridge about 0.25 miles downstream from the W Fort George Wright Drive bridge is the location of the original Great Northern bridge across the Spokane River downstream from Spokane Falls. This bridge was built around 1890. Like the older Chicago and Northwestern crossing of the Des Moines River west of Boone, Iowa, the GN descended to the bottom of the valley and then climbed the other side. The GN high bridge or viaduct of 1902, similar in vintage to the Kate Shelley viaduct , eliminated the grades on either side of the Spokane River. The center of the GN high bridge was located at approximately +47.666020, -117.462822 decimal degrees. The 1950 USGS 1:24,000 scale Spokane NW topographic map shows the location of the GN high bridge. The 1901 USGS 1:125,000 scale Spokane topographic map shows the location of the pre-1902 bridge.
The name of this bridge is The New Narrows Bridge. The official geographic name of the body of water crossed by the bridge is The Narrows, not The Tacoma Narrows. The enclosed photos were taken on July 15, 2007, the day of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bridge. The woman with the dark hair in the center of one photo is Paula Hammond, at the time WSDOT Chief of Staff. Later she became the Washington State Secretary of Transportation.
Here is a photo of mine taken May 20th, 2015 looking up Latah Creek at the Chestnut St Bridge with the Inland Empire Way bridge in the distance. You have my permission to add this to your wonderful website.
The original purpose of this span was to cross the Washington Water Power interurban electric railway to Cheney and Medical Lake. That railway ran from the Sunset Blvd Bridge over Hangman/Latah Creek to Lindeke Ct-13th Ave-Roseamond Ave and crossed under this span 90 degrees to the current freeway off ramp.
This is the detail of the bridge with the operating machinery mounted on the counterweight bridge tower and struts pinned to the bascule truss
This is the second picture
This first picture is a Northern Pacific railroad Strauss Heel trunnion bascule bridge constructed in 1911 of The Railway And Engineering Review showing the operation strut pinned to the counterweight bridge tower and the machinery on the bascule span.
The second two pictures of the same bridge of the Northern Pacific railroad bridge used now used by the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe railroad repaired between the late 1920's to the 1930's with the energy changed from the span to the counterweight and the operating machinery built into the counterweight bridge tower and the strut pinned to the bascule truss.
My Grandfather, Richard Bearden, was the operator of that very bridge from 1929 until he retired from the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1959. I remember spending the night with him there several times, amazed by the machinery and waiting for hours for a train to come so I could watch Grandpa make the bridge go down to let the trains cross.
Landing a 75-foot girder during the construction of the Cow Creek Viaduct on September 10, 1908.
According to the dedication plaque on the bridge it was built in 1950. L.E. Hough is listed as the City Engineer. The builder was the Roy T. Earley Construction Company of Tacoma, Washington. The name of the bridge is the Heron Street Bridge, not the Wishkah River Bridge. It was designed by the General Engineering Company Inc. from Seattle, Washington.
My research suggested removal of the lift portions of the bridge occurred in two projects, one in 1966 and the other in 1979. My guess is machinery was removed in 1966 and the tower removal was 1979. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=wa...
Aerial imagery from historic aerials shows lift towers in 1940 and 1968/69
I wonder if this former vertical lift bridge that had the machinery counterweight and towers removed is similar identical or resembled the Murray Morgan bridge crossing the city/ Foss waterway?
went across it today....still a beauty.
That would've been the Union Pacific bridge, which lasted into the 80s: https://bridgehunter.com/wa/pierce/bh55394/
I believe that your info on this bridge is not correct. I live in Tacoma Wa where this bridge was located. You say that it was no longer used after 1973 (when it was removed).
I did not receive a drivers license until I was 16 years old in Dec. 1975, and I can remember using that bridge as a short cut across the waterway to beat traffic on the 11th street bridge near by I used this bridge all the way through high school (graduated in 1978). So I can personally verify, from personal experience, that it was in use through 1978.
It was a swing bridge that I thought un usual, as it had the railroad track down the center, and the traffic lanes outboard so the lanes were split by the R/R track....
Happened upon this site purely by chance, when looking for our latitude and longitude. Quite a pleasant surprise. I've only been a resident/owner since 1997, so a historian I'm not. But, I've always understood that the names for Stretch and Reach Islands were taken from sailing terminology. The reach being a 'point of sail'. However, Stretch Island was named by the Wilkes Expedition in 1841 for crew member Samuel Stretch. Reach Island's original name was Oak Island. A huge--no gigantic, beautiful oak was removed from the south end of the island after I became a resident. I still miss it and wonder why it was taken down. Possibly it was thriving on the Island's 50-year old water system. Thanks for including our bridge on your site. Nice picture.
Did this bridge get washed out in a flood in the later 60s, or early 70s? Highway 12, naches river. I have a memory of the one going from yakima to gleed, that 2 cars were in the river and bridie had collapsed.
Thanks luke.Picture #1 looks like an empty rail car so i assume the lumber was removed from this car and the other one.I talked to a good friend of mine and he said that these rail cars can be removed.Of course due to the remote location most people would say no way.But like i say,where there's a will there's a way.
According to a railfan video on YouTube, the derailment occurred in February, 1980. The boxcars were both loaded with lumber.
Odd to see the roadway built up almost to the top of the railing at one end. At least they kept it intact.
Nathan,does anyone know the history of this bridge and when and how the boxcars ended up where they are?
This may be a bridge referenced in "The Contractor" September 15, 1916 stating that Contractor Charles G. Huber of Seattle (a builder of Luten arch bridges) was awarded a contract ($3,186) for a 50 foot concrete arch bridge across South Palouse River.
This may be a bridge referenced in "The Contractor" September 15, 1916 stating that Contractor Charles G. Huber of Seattle (a builder of Luten arch bridges) was awarded a contract ($5,987) for a 70 foot concrete arch bridge across Hangman Creek.
That's one of the more unique things I have seen!
Discovered this one thanks to WISAARD. Report attached.
WISAARD Report Attached.
WISAARD File Attached.
WISAARD Report Attached.
The photos posted of this bridge show that derailed boxcars were left in place! Google imagery shows they still remain on this bridge, which is now a rail-trail! Rather unusual to be sure.
Picture of workers at cow creek viaduct
The contractor who built it was Granite Construction from Watsonville, California. It took two years to complete.
I was a Minor/Laborer on the project.