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BN - Hoquiam River Bridge

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Hoquiam River Swing Bridge

View from South

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in February 2011

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BH Photo #193264

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned through truss bridge over Hoquiam River on Former Logging Railroad
Location
Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Washington
Status
Abandoned
Railroads
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Northern Pacific Railroad (NP)
Design
Howe through truss swing span
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 231.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.99475, -123.88352   (decimal degrees)
46°59'41" N, 123°53'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/432823/5204958 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hoquiam
Inventory number
BH 47983 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 7, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 4, 2011: Added by K. A. Erickson

Sources 

  • K. A. Erickson
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Hoquiam River Swing Bridge
Posted September 5, 2011, by Steve Leeson (cruiser95fm [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This is not a logging railroad bridge, but former Northern Pacific Railway Bridge 3.2 (Later Burlington Northern, then Puget Sound & Pacific). It was on the "Horn Track" or "Lytle Spur" and crossed the Hoquiam River so the railroad could serve Grays Harbor Veneer, and Woodlawn (Later Hoquiam) Plywood. It used to see two trains daily and was manned 24 hours a day except for Sundays. Many people crossed this bridge by foot/bicycle that connected North Hoquiam to Woodlawn to work. It was first gas motor operated and later converted to electric operation around 1956. Burlington Northern discontinued 24 hour operation around 1972 and used a bridge tender on call when trains only crossed it once a day.