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BN - 15th Street Bridge


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BH Photo #358255


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Foss Waterway on Burlington Northern Railroad
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Removed but not replaced
Built 1914; Abandoned 1973 due to damage from an erroneously routed Boeing load, likely removed shortly thereafter.
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Gerrick & Gerrick Co. of Seattle, Washington.
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Northern Pacific Railway (NP)
Pratt through truss
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.5 ft.
Also called
BN - 14th Street Bridge
NP - 14th Street Bridge
NP - 15th Street Bridge
NP - Foss Waterway Bridge
BN - Foss Waterway Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.25085, -122.43323   (decimal degrees)
47°15'03" N, 122°25'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/542886/5233196 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tacoma North
Inventory number
BH 63851 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 11, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • November 20, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 26, 2014: Added by Luke

Related Bridges 



BN - 15th Street Bridge
Posted March 27, 2019, by Luke

Greg, your image is also related to the UP bridge, not of this one.

BN - 15th Street Bridge
Posted March 27, 2019, by Greg Harper (gh200k [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was taken down in 1983.

BN - 15th Street Bridge
Posted December 1, 2016, by Luke

That would've been the Union Pacific bridge, which lasted into the 80s: https://bridgehunter.com/wa/pierce/bh55394/

BN - 15th Street Bridge
Posted December 1, 2016, by Michael (graflexmaster [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I believe that your info on this bridge is not correct. I live in Tacoma Wa where this bridge was located. You say that it was no longer used after 1973 (when it was removed).

I did not receive a drivers license until I was 16 years old in Dec. 1975, and I can remember using that bridge as a short cut across the waterway to beat traffic on the 11th street bridge near by I used this bridge all the way through high school (graduated in 1978). So I can personally verify, from personal experience, that it was in use through 1978.

It was a swing bridge that I thought un usual, as it had the railroad track down the center, and the traffic lanes outboard so the lanes were split by the R/R track....