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Vance Creek Viaduct

Photos 

File:Vance Creek bridge.JPG

Photo taken by Dog Walking Girl

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

View this photo at en.m.wikipedia.org

BH Photo #276070

Map 

Street View 

Video 

Vance Creek Bridge - Phantom 2 Drone

Spencer Findlay

Description 

At over 800ft long and standing 347ft tall, this massive steel trestle is the second tallest railway arch ever built in the United States, and is one of the tallest railroad bridges in North America.

Facts 

Overview
Massive steel arch bridge over Vance Creek on Simpson Railroad
Location
Mason County, Washington
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1929 by American Bridge Co. for Simpson Timber rail logging operations, abandoned 1950s
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroad
- Simpson Railroad (STC)
Design
Steel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 422.0 ft.
Total length: 827.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 1982
Also called
STC - Vance Creek Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.33459, -123.32121   (decimal degrees)
47°20'05" N, 123°19'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/475733/5242396 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Vance Creek
Inventory numbers
NRHP 82004266 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 57379 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 29, 2017: New Street View added by Luke
  • April 26, 2015: New video from Will Truax
  • March 3, 2014: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • March 2, 2014: New photos from Nathan Morton
  • February 26, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 17, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated status: Bridge is part of a trail.
  • July 27, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Simpson Logging Co.", "Simpson Timber Co.", "railroad"

Sources 

Comments 

Vance Creek Viaduct
Posted July 30, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

In my experience, lack of awareness of historic bridges does far more damage than awareness. Vandals do damage bridges, however, far more numerous and destructive are the owners of historic bridges, who seek to demolish the bridges they own. The Forest Service probably would like to demolish this bridge. The only way this can be prevented is by preservationists being aware of the bridge and fighting to save when an attempt to demolish the bridge is made.

Vance Creek Viaduct
Posted July 29, 2013, by K. A. Erickson

This bridge is one of a few I chose out of personal reasons not to add.

One is that they, being forest service and private timber company DO NOT WANT people on it for safety reasons. A rail buff club sought and received permission to enter on the Simpson side for photographing.

Of course many people do indeed venture out there regardless. The deck has singe marks from lightning strikes and on at least one occasion purposely set fire mid span. There has been attempts to knock off the spacings and the railings for the side area.

That's the nature of society though ... vandals will eventually find and destroy these diamonds in the rough regardless of how many roadblocks placed to get there. Another reason I did not add, why draw more attention? There once was mention of repairing, making it into a trail system but ... money is an issue.

I'd volunteer to take you there Mike, other bridges ... I'm sure you'd enjoy. Perhaps one day the yearly Bridgehunter's event will be held in the Pacific Northwest.

Vance Creek Viaduct
Posted July 29, 2013, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am glad to see this bridge was added. It is one of the many notable bridges in Washington State and finally has a spot on bridgehunter.

I keep thinking I will get up that way and visit these two massive structures, but still have not had any luck.

Nice work Dylan!