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Omak Bridge

Photo 

Okanogan River bridge

Destroyed

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013

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BH Photo #288075

Map 

Description 

The freighter North Star arrived at Omak on June 9, 1911 as crews of the William Oliver Bridge Company scurried to complete a new steel bridge across the Okanogan. Teams of horses were led off the swing span so that it could be opened for the first time but two rock filled wagons were left behind. The winches began to turn. The span creaked, groaned and finally collapsed. Experts examined the remains and declared the work substandard. The county commissioners refused to pay. The contractor sued. Two years later the courts found in favor of Oliver, who had died during the proceedings, and a reduced payment was made to his widow.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss with swing span drawbridge over Okanogan River
Location
Omak, Okanogan County, Washington
Status
Collapsed under load during initial test of swing span
Builder
- William Oliver Bridge Co. of Spokane, Washington
Design
Through truss swing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.41224, -119.51279   (decimal degrees)
48°24'44" N, 119°30'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/314062/5365171 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Omak
Inventory number
BH 61659 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 20, 2018: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical data to description, corrected technical details
  • July 10, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

Sources 

  • Douglas Butler
  • Richard Doody