Here is a BNSF video about the replacement of this bridge in 2019.
Here's a picture of the bridge that I took in fall 2020.
Here is a BNSF video about their plan to repair the bridge.
Here is a news report with several photos and an audio interview with the bridge tender.
On this day 80 years ago, Galloping Gertie, the nickname of the first Tacoma Narows crossing, came tumbling down due to a wind storm. A documentary about the event can be found here....... https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/11/07/tit...
I would rather slurp centipedes smeared in hot wax than walk across that goddamn thing
Here is BNSF's report on this bridge replacement with more photos and details.
BNSF announced earlier this week that it was not going to replace the current Salmon Bay Bridge No. 4 with a new vertical lift bridge. Instead, BNSF is going to replace the counterweight system on the current bridge. The story appeared on MYNorthwest at https://mynorthwest.com/2219344/salmon-bay-railroad-bridge-h...
I did some metal detecting/general exploring around here and saw the remains of the old bridge and that led me here! If anyone is interested, here is what the area on the southern side looks like now.
Done. And for that matter, this had no business having a StreetView.
Shouldn't the disaster tag be added considering that 20 were killed in its collapse?
Here is an article about the installation of the new bridge at Drano Lake along the Columbia River in Washington.
New section dedication. https://www.knkx.org/post/standoff-pierce-county-bridge-50-y...
That's too bad. That is a great bridge in a great setting.
I’m seeing pictures that this bridge burned in wildfires yesterday.
Here is time-lapse video of the new span leaving Vancouver where it was loaded on the barge. There is also a video in the comments of the barge moving up the Columbia River.
Here is a photo of the new bridge being moved up the river on a barge.
Here is a photo of the new bridge being moved up the river on a barge.
This bridge is now IMMINENTLY doomed!
I believe this is a three hinged arch bridge. It is very rare, but some arch bridges lack a true arch shape, and some can come to a point at the crown hinge. Here is another extreme example: https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=m...
Some type of hinged arch perhaps.
We are curious about the middle of the bridge, where it looks to be a pinned connection between two halves.
We are unfamiliar with this detail.
My understanding is that this was a temporary bridge erected during the construction of the ship canal and locks. The existing bridges over the waterway had to be replaced with drawbridges tall enough to accommodate the ship traffic that was to come.
My question is and cant find an answer to it.
Why was I named after a bridge that was not constructed until 1965 when I was born in 1963?
Was there another bridge in its place? If so do you have a photo of it?
I read of the ferry but I wasnt named after the ferry; was named after the bridge.
Yep, that seems right. Looks like I just misread the last line.
John, I think they might be speaking of the new replacement through truss. Sounds like they have it built at another location so they can move it into place quickly.
Sounds like this bridge is being replaced. Interestingly, the article mentions the bridge will be floated up the Columbia to its final location...whatever that means.
It's sad that this bridge was removed in December of 1976 I watched this being demolished. The last time I saw this bridge used was in 1969. In the mid 1960's a detailed railroad car broke up the cross ties on the long south approach tressle and it was spot tied then used less often. This bridge was known as northern Pacific's bridge and was used as a detour route when they great northerns bridge number 4 'S 500 ton counter weight fell off in 1948 the bridge tender had to crawl under the weight to get off the bridge because the counter weight was resting on the rails. The last time the northern Pacific's lost bascule bridge was painted was in 1953 and it had the northern pacific logo on both sides of the counter weight and was painted silver before that it was black. The NP draw bridge span was located at 6 the Ave NW and NW 41 st. st in Fremont wn. This was my favorite railroad bridge. It only lasted about 61 years it's to bad it wasn't saved.it could have been used for garbage trains at the new north transfer station or used as a detour when the GN bridge is out of service for repairs.
Wasn't the 1911 bridge torn down after they built them new 1932 bridge. Both spans existed side by side for a short time . The old one was replaced because the war Dept said the old bridge didn't have enough clearance.
Well, it was definitely built as one...
It’s clearly a swing bridge looking at the photos and GE sat view, but it sounds like it hasn’t been used as such for many years.
It certainly has a fender system and control house for a swing bridge.
According to HistoricBridges.org:
This bridge no longer opens for boats, and has not operated since 1967. An old, but still active agreement with the Corps of Engineers states that if needed the bridge must be made movable within a year of notice.
This bridge does not connect Anacortes to the mainland -
it crosses Fidalgo Bay and connects Anacortes to March
Point (which is still part of Fidalgo Island).
This is not a swing bridge. Never has been as far as I
know (I was raised in Skagit County in the 50's). Jim in
This bridge is not NP - it is GN (Great Northern).
The NP never went to Concrete.
Please correct. Thanks ... Jim in Burlington, Wa.
Nic,whoever was cutting the metal had to be very creative to get back to where the rail cars are located being a remote location from what I see on the map.
Hiked along this stretch yesterday (4/13/2020) and box cars are still there. Very neat! The wheels and some of the metal has been cut off and removed at some point. Hope they're not removed as they are an interesting sight for visitors!
My daughter and I attended the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on April 2, 2016. The weather was nice. A Metro bus picked up us by Hec Ed Pavillion at the UW and drove on the old bridge and then dropped us off on the west end. Spent the the better part of the day there. Listened our Guv'nor speak of the future. Quite a bit of swag being handed out, from flashlights to umbrellas. Huge crowd. It was fun! Strolled across to the east end and then we boarded a Metro bus and drove on the old bridge one very last final time. Sort of funny, because back in the day 520 was called "The New Bridge" because I-90 was the "Old Bridge". Toll on 520 used be 35 cents when 520 had a toll booth. I remember some sort of scandal of the toll collectors skimming the system and then being cold busted!
On March 23, 2020 the Spokane Street (West SeattleHigh Rise Bridge) was closed indefinitely for repairs and traffic restrictions placed on the low level swing bridge limited to freight, emergency vehicles and city buses. Accelerating cracking near the center span of the high rise bridge is to blame and who knows when this bridge will open. I sure don't. I do recall about ten years ago an outbound derrick barge struck this area of bridge which was remarkable considering the 140' water clearance. For years afterward you could see the scrape marks the the tip of crane boom left behind on the concrete.
Also in some more weirdness, on March 8, 2005 a man drove his black Volkswagen Jetta westbound on the opened lower swing bridge around stopped traffic and through the barriers and face planted the car into the gravel below and died.
This bridge is the replacement for the bascule bridge rammed on June 11, 1978 by the freighter "Chavez" being piloted by Captain Rolf Neslund. In 1980 Rolf disappeared and in 1985 his wife stood trial for his murder. His body was never found.
In 1991 I attended the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new swing and drove our 1978 "Camel Hair Yellow" Chevy Impala across bridge with the wife and kidneys, I think I still have free poster they were handing out at the event. Hmmm..It might be out in the garage.
The Renton Library reopened August 2015 after a $10.2 million renovation which included a seismic retrofit and replacement of windows with glass walls for better river views and natural light. It actually doesn't look half bad and at least it is still a library. Still though, I miss the old layout as it seems about two thirds of the books disappeared and were replaced by computers. In the words of Brophy from the movie High Anxiety, "Geez Boss! This place looks so modrren!".
There is an illustration and short mention of this bridge under construction in Harper's Weekly Feb 29, 1896 in an article entitled "How Long and Lofty Bridges are Built" by Frank W. Skinner, C.E.
The Hylebos Bridge (new) was refurbished by Quigg Bros. Inc., not General Construction
While this bridge may be significant for its location and its role in the dams etc.. design wise, YUCK! This is probably the most textbook example of a UCEB that I've ever seen, and it is definitely painful to look at (although in this case, I think it's technically a "USEB", or "Ugly Steel Eyesore Bridge", since the superstructure is a steel stringer bridge and only the piers are concrete).
My grandfather was the dining car Stewart on the Great Northern train when the corea avalanche hit. The slide was Jan. 22, 1916. That slide might have been close to Iron Goat Trail. Yes he lived through it.
I love the way Siege painted the light and let the bridge be the negative space.
Siege painted this bridge on a typical grey Seattle morning, I love the blackberries in the foreground. We see this view at least once a week. I should ask him to paint it on a sunny summer day.
Lately, the hubs has painted some trains, this one is on the Skykomish River Bridge, "Westbound."
John,thanks for responding and letting me know your intentions toward certain bridges and whether to list them or not.
I assume you mean the trestle bridge to the north of the swing bridge? It is a separate bridge, listed as being a 6 span pile trestle, built 1953. I typically do not add trestles, as they are often common and more modern than their metal/concrete/stone counterparts.
While looking at this bridge I noticed another abandoned railroad bridge.Is this other bridge I saw part of the swing bridge?
This one appears to either be a former turntable or viaduct girder
Added some information on this bridge from NP bridge records. It appears all three spans were moved here after the 1906 flood, but before the 1960s flood.
In trying to find other spans, I found one more nearby (https://bridgehunter.com/wa/king/snoqualmie-trail/) that is the same dimensions, year and builder as the two Lassig spans on this bridge. In addition, the relocation date is the same. I believe the two spans on this bridge and that one span in King County were probably on the same bridge. The King County bridge reportedly came from the 7th Crossing of the Yellowstone River near Billings, which according to my records had 3-160' trusses and was rebuilt 1923.
All three truss bridges over the Chehalis River on this trail are clearly relocated. I will work on finding more information on where they came from and when they were fabricated. This one looks like it has a ca. 1895 through truss span and a ca. 1910 pony truss.
This bridge was not for a logging railroad, this was on the GN original northern line from Marcus to Oroville , this was part of the former Victoria, Vancouver and Eastern Railroad, a wholly owned part of Great Northern Railroad. This was on the 3rd mainline that joined with the CPR Kettle Valley Railway at Princeton BC and went through to Hope BC, then west to Cannor on CNR, then on V,V&E to Vancouver.
This is a great site and there sure is lots to see here, thank you for all the good work.
Best regards, Russell Cadotte, member of GNRHS
Forgot to add this.
This span was replaced: https://bridgehunter.com/wa/pierce/86563000000000/
The other two spans are fine for the time being.
This bridge has not been fully replaced. The only part that has been replaced was the span crossing the BNSF RR tracks, due to severe damage (visible in photos). When the bridge was reopened following the building of the new BNSF RR overpass it was officially renamed the Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge.
Tacoma Public Works Article:
This bridge has been replaced.
Hello is this bridge private. Were photographers and just want to photograph this bridge. Anything you can tell me would be great. Thanks
Also known as Renslow Trestle and is funded for redevelopement for pedestrian use.
The bridge was more likely located at these coordinates:
46° 58.431'N; 123° 48.221'W
The current crossing area was the former crossing for the railroad.
Robert is correct. There are several small scale Marsh arches in Iowa with no bracing.
Some Marsh Arch Bridges have a brace between the arches and some do not. It generally depends on the span length.
There are a few factors that distinguish a Marsh Arch from a regular rainbow arch. Perhaps the main difference is the fact that Marsh Arch Bridges use a special type of reinforcing. There is actually a bonafide steel arch structure under that concrete instead of just rebar.
I could be wrong but doesn't a Marsh Arch have a element across the top between the arch tops.
Since Marsh isn't listed as the engineer a/o builder it may not carry the name. I consider any of the concrete arches of this type to go by the name Marsh just as we use Pratt even if not built by them. If there is a consistent classification we use on this site I'll always try to follow the convention.
Just my $0.02 - but this appears to be a Rainbow Arch, but not a Marsh Arch.
There is no category for Marsh pony arch so choosing Marsh Arch automatically determines "through" but Marsh can be added manually.
Shouldn't this be listed as a pony arch rather than a through arch?
Current state of earth dam and what is waiting behind it.
As of today this bridge is officially replaced. Drove by on highway 14 and the new bridge is in place, the original is floated away a few hundred feet.
The missing mid span was actually replaced in 1998-99. The middle 2 spans and support structure were taken out by a mudslide in 1988.
FYI, the picture shown is taken from the westbound lanes looking west.
This bridge looks like it has twinned (or four total) girders. This typically indicates an older girder bridge was strengthened and reused.
Working aboard a tugboat I have taken many barges and ships through the 150' wide water opening of this bridge. It's still a puzzle to me of how this bridge works!?!? I like the Northern Pacific sign that is still remains on the bridge.
The Northern Pacific Railroad sign on this bridge always intrigued me as kid way back in the 1960's. With it's Ying-Yang symbol and the "Yellowstone Route" sub-title fired up our imagination. We made plans to walk to Yellowstone Park following the train tracks. It was later painted over when Burlington Northern Railroad was formed out of Northern Pacific, Great Northern, and Burlington and other railroads in 1970's. Somebody out there has restored the sign. Thank you to that "Somebody".
I have always wonder about this bridge's eastern concrete support when viewed from beneath the bridge from the bank of the Cedar River. It has a tilt to it that was was compensated by a wedge shaped concrete pour where the metal truss rests on. Does anyone know the history of this or have a theory that might explain this. Perhaps a flood was responsible for the tilting. I'll will try later to take and post a photo of this strangely engineered repair. Thank you.
Also, if you find any information on where these steel truss bridges came from, seeing as they're all of earlier construction types, please comment so we can update the entries!
The date for this bridge and the still-extant Stetattle Creek Bridge came from Google's "Books" page results for Engineering News-Record, Volume 127: https://books.google.com/books?id=-ChQAAAAYAAJ&q=Skagit+Rive...
Appears to be available at both the Seattle Public Library and the UW Library.
Thanks for this awesome resource! I work for the Cultural Resources Branch of North Cascades NP. I'm currently researching the Skagit River Railroad, and was wondering on what source material this information was based. I was pleased to see that this record was updated just last year, so maybe it's relatively fresh in your mind.
Thanks very much.
All the best,
The White River Bridge (SR-410) received a full paint job in 2018. Plans are in works to install a pedestrian bridge (Foothills Trail) in 2021 just up river at a former road bridge site next to the old NP/BN Buckley Viaduct. Footings for both the Buckley Viaduct and the former road bridge are still intact. The plan is to use the road bridge footings to support the trail bridge, which is planned to be able to carry EMS/Police vehicles should the current White River Bridge be closed for emergency reasons.
This bridge has been replaced.
The videotape "Gertie Gallops Again," prepared by Tacoma Municipal Television for the show "CityScape," includes underwater filming of the present remains. It's in libraries.
Mike, Of the photos you posted, No. 8-19 don't look like the same bridge and I believe they are of the downstream Union Pacific bridge. The rectangular covers at the top of the towers are the main giveaway.
It's "Ahtanum" Creek (note the final "m", not "n." Back in the 80s we lived in the area briefly. It's locally pronounced "uh-TAN-um", btw.
Sorry, I didn't zoom out on your map, as I've been familiar with this bridge for years and recognized it instantly when I saw the photo. Now I see that the map location above is 20 miles off, and to my knowledge there was never any similar bridge at the location indicated above.
Go to the coordinates above and check the street view from the bridge that replaced this one and you'll see it's the same bridge.
This bridge is listed a "Lost" but that is an error, the bridge is located a little north of the spot marked on your map, check the actual location at 47°11'28.1"N 121°01'00.1"W.
Regards, Rob Petersen
More photos of the move. https://www.union-bulletin.com/news/business/bridge-makes-mo...
Battery Street Tunnel is officially closed. The new SR-99 Tunnel has been opened replacing the Battery Street Tunnel.
This bridge was likely constructed during the late 1910's or early 1920's based off the construction of similar bridges throughout Adams County. The 1900 construction date is likely a place holder in the NBI data due to the actual construction date being unknown.
Greg, your image is also related to the UP bridge, not of this one.
This bridge was taken down in 1983.
According to the Anacortes Museum and Maritime Heritage Center, this bridge opened to traffic in 1915. The bridge connected Morris Street in LaConner with Snee Oosh Road on the west side of the Swinomish Channel. In fact, the museum refers to this as the Morris Street Bridge.
The Rainbow Bridge, about a half mile south, replaced the Morris Street Bridge in 1957.
I was Looking in one of my books and saw a picture of this bridge. In it the picture was taken before the dam was completed. and apparently the section removed according to the Photo was a arch span making this bridge a arch bridge. But now that the arch span is removed how would I list it?
The Cascade Wagon Road was the first state road designated by the Washington legislature in 1893. This bridge was built in 1930 as part of the Cascade Wagon Road, numbered Primary State Highway 17 in 1937. The highway was intended to cross Cascade Pass and Twisp Pass with a spur heading south to the unincorporated community of Stehekin. Part of this proposed route was never built. In the later 1940s, a route via Washington and Rainy Passes was surveyed that eventually became State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway. The final link was opened to traffic in September 1972.
The enclosed WSDOT photograph was taken in the early 1940s. Note the Washington State Highway 17 sign at the beginning of the bridge. The bracing above the roadway has since been modified so that the vertical clearance is the same the whole width of the roadway.
I believe that this bridge was built in 1927, not 1937. The county highway from Mount Vernon to Anacortes was added to the state highway system as the Anacortes Branch of Primary State Highway 1 in 1937. The enclosed WSDOT photo shows this bridge circa 1938.
Well this bridge has been replaced by a modern concrete 2 track "trestle" with a new through plate girder span. The cool part is that they replaced the Milwaukee Road Logo sign also.
I will try to remember to get current photos to post here. It was built to double track the line to the Milwaukee Road Freight House, that is the Tacoma station for Sound Transit trains to Seattle, and is soon to be the new Tacoma Amtrak Station. It was used only once just over a year ago for the ill fated inaugural run on the Point Defiance Bypass, a new passenger rail route south of Tacoma, which still has not reopened for Amtrak trains, though local freight trains still work the line.
I strongly believe this is the trestle shown at the beginning of It Happened At the World's Fair (1963) in the sequence showing Elvis Presley riding in from Eastern Washington. Other sources say it's the Wilburton Trestle, but the trestle in the movie is two sections taller than that one, and the angle with Mt. Rainier in the background matches the Buckley Viaduct.
This bridge was part of the NP route to Sumas that left Renton WA near Black River Junction. There are several mentions of this route in Warren Wing's NW Rail Pictorial series as well as in articles in the Mainstreeter. I grew up going past this bridge all the time in the summer when my grandparents lived in Concrete, Mt. Vernon, and finally Sedro Woolley. It has changed a lot but you can still see some of the history. Love this bridge for that reason.
It appeared in several old maps i have seen particularity in the book Historical Atlas of Washington and Oregon but I have not seen any photographs.