Sadly, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one—like 99.9% of historic bridges that are “available for adaptive reuse”, it’s likely that no one will want to pony up the hundreds of thousands that it would cost just to move this monster—that $100,000 that they’re offering would likely not even cover mobilization of equipment. Additionally, building a proper substructure to support this would cost many hundreds of thousands more; I’m sure trying not to be a Debbie downer on this, but it’s looking pretty grim for this beauty :’(
Well that is nice to know that is one of my favorite bridges in the Wenatchee valley I am glad the trusses will be preserved instead of going the the scrap yard.
[I received the following news release today:]
CASHMERE – Slated for replacement in 2020, the nearly 90-year-old West Cashmere Bridge in Cashmere, Wash., is looking for a new home.
Chelan County, located in central Washington, is offering the historic portions of the bridge – its two 117-foot riveted steel Warren deck truss spans with verticals – to any governmental, non-profit or responsible private entity or business for public or private use.
While a small number of Warren through trusses remain in Washington state, the number of Warren deck trusses is rare. Warren trusses became popular in the late 1930s; so Warren trusses built before the 1930s are substantially more significant than those built later due to their rarity. In addition, this was about the era when heavy standard steel-rolled sections were being introduced into the design of the truss members. The West Cashmere Bridge, designed by notable bridge designer Maury M. Caldwell, is one of the last bridges standing that uses truss members fabricated via the “build-up” method of light-rolled steel sections with tie plates and lacings.
The trusses are available for donation until Jan. 1, 2019. The responsible party taking the bridge must agree to:
· Maintain the bridge and the features that give it its historic significance and continued eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places.
· Assume all future legal and financial responsibility for the bridge, including providing an agreement to hold Chelan County harmless in any liability action.
· Pay for the hauling away of the Warren deck truss spans, their transportation to a new location and their reassembling. The new owner will be responsible for determining the cost and preparing for and conducting the relocation of the bridge. The county will pay a maximum of $110,000 toward the cost of dismantling the steel trusses, but the new owner will bear the cost of removal from the site, transportation to a new location and reassembly.
More information about the West Cashmere Bridge, including its history and current condition, is on the project’s website at: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/public-works/pages/west-cashmere...
If you have questions about the West Cashmere Bridge, or would like photos of the bridge, contact Jill FitzSimmons at Chelan County Public Works at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-667-6415. A more detailed history of the bridge is also available at www.historylink.org.
Cited article says they plan to use a vertical lift.
I wonder what bridge they are replacing this Strauss bridge with now?
What a shame indeed.
I do believe that Brianna is mistaken, however - the Hylebos Bridge should be safe given that it was just rehabbed recently. The Murray Morgan Bridge would be the other bridge to be considered at risk, once WashDOT is done irreversibly destroying the rare multiple-type truss bridge over on Eells Street.
This beautiful through truss bridge and former vertical-lift bridge was demolished in 2018. What a waste. 11th Street used to continuously cross all four shipping channels along Puget Sound, but now with the loss of this bridge, only crosses two of them on each side, leaving a discontinuous route in the middle. The Murray Morgan Memorial Bridge crosses the Thea Foss Channel on the west side, and the Hylebos Bridge crosses the Hylebos Channel on the east side. The bridge over the Blair Channel has been gone for a while now, and with the loss of the 11th Street Bridge over the Pullyuap Channel, getting around the industrial flats in this area just became much more complicated, as no new bridges is planned for this location. The Murray Morgan Bridge appears to be safe for the near future, but the Hylebos Bridge is still in question. It is essential that neither one of these historic bridges be demolished, given that two of four historic bridges at this location already have been!
This might have been the bridge where a video was filmed showing an a-framed house smashing against it in the mudflow from Mt St Helens. There is an aerial photo I think of this bridge standing after the eruption of Mount St Helens with the ground covered in ash and people on it watching the mudflow in the river.
The bridge still does exsist - just under water. When Tacoma power flooded the region for the dam, they just submerged it. It’s stilll mostly intact about 80 feet (depending on water level which can vary due to how water Tacoma Power lets out of the dams.
I believe this was a concrete box beam bridge, not steel.
The steel bridges on this railroad-turned-haul-road route are all mish-mash of spans, and considering the railhead was at Rockport, a town along the Great Northern's route, I would not be surprised if Seattle City Light purchased spans from GN and reused them.
This is just conjecture, though.
I would think this one would date to the 1890s, but the riveted connection implies 20th century. A mystery for sure. Sure a nice bridge!
Just added a google street view that shows an amazing. overview shot from a drone.
Good news. According to https://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article216692430.html... the bridge is not doomed, as the company deemed it too expensive/too environmentally destructive to do so.
The Town of Marcus aquired the railing from the old Hedlund Bridge before it was torn down and replaced. We are looking for old pictures of the original bridge to use in our for sale ad, as we have decided to sell the railings. If you know of any source for pictures of the bridge, please email me at: email@example.com
That is so cool!A troll at the end of Troll avenue!Whoever dreamt this up really had a sense of humor!
The HAER report and a couple of other histories make no mention of a toll.
I don't believe there is currently a "troll" category.
Yeah, I saw the troll sculpture, and assumed no error on your part. Just curious if there was a "Troll" category when you added it as cited, and did some well meaning editor change it to "toll", or was this actually also once a toll bridge?
If this bridge was never a toll bridge, the category needs to be changed back to "Troll", and then there would be 2 - one in iowa is signed "Troll bridge".
Just for fun.
There is indeed a troll under this bridge, one of the more famous bridge trolls anywhere. This troll is a notable Seattle landmark. You can see it in one of the street views.
Looks like this one may be a reused swing bridge. A Northern Pacific bridge book gives a date of 1929, far too recent for this structure. Like the other trusses on this line, I would suspect this was relocated here. Fortunately, a master set of NP bridge records exists in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society.
This is a duplicate entry of http://bridgehunter.com/wa/king/83784000000000/
...very clever indeed...
There's this citation:
"September 3, 2013: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Troll" "
But in the categories it shows "Toll"
Is there even a "Troll" category? There should be...
Has this bridge ever had a toll?
...and this Iowa bridge should be in the category too.
…… A very clever Troll or the exact opposite......
Richard Doody, your pictures are of Tunnel 2, not Tunnel 3.
Should have included this link:
More news and a viewing date for prospective owners.
It could be YOU!!!
Painted 2017, no indication that it will be replaced.
The old Heron Street Swing Bridge was steel-built in 1905 and closed in the 1920s.
It was preceded by a wooden swing bridge that was somewhat similar in style. That bridge was built in 1890 and replaced in 1905.
If the bridge gets replaced we we will have to look at this monstrosity.
A news article about opposition to the bridges planned demolition
Don't cut yourself on all that edge, kiddo.
Pierce County Washington's Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is hosting an interpretive sign dedication at this bridge on Tuesday, May 15.
For more information: http://piercecountywa.org/5738/McMillin-Bridge
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.
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
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.
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.