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NP - Skagit River Bridge


Photo taken by Neil Martel in November 2011


BH Photo #229272


Street Views 


Information from NPRHA.org Online Collection


Abandoned warren through truss bridge over Skagit River on Former Northern Pacific Railroad
Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County, Washington
Built 1913
- Northern Pacific Railroad (NP)
- Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad (SLS&E)
Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 236.0 ft.
Total length: 815.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.48443, -122.24239   (decimal degrees)
48°29'04" N, 122°14'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/555982/5370421 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sedro-Woolley South
Inventory number
BH 45920 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 19, 2019: New photos from John Bernhisel
  • August 4, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Corrected build date via NP Bridge Book
  • December 21, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added build date+builder; Added imagery posted to Flickr by C. Hanchey
  • June 7, 2017: New photos from John Bernhisel
  • August 3, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • April 21, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Northern Pacific Railroad"
  • April 8, 2012: New photo from Neil Martel
  • August 17, 2010: New Street View added by Cliff Darby



NP - Skagit River Bridge
Posted November 30, 2020, by Eric Bosell (eric [dot] bosell [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's a new picture of the NP Skagit River Bridge. I took the photo on 11/28/2020, a beautiful fall day here in the Skagit Valley.

And here's some historical notes and supporting links about the history of the rail line:

Evidently there was a different bridge at this location prior to the construction of this steel bridge in 1913. The railroad itself was originally constructed by the SLS&E c.1880-1892. They built 126.30 miles (203.26 km) of track from Seattle to Sumas, connecting with the Canadian Pacific transcontinental railroad. The line was acquired by the Northern Pacific Railroad around 1896. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle%2C_Lake_Shore_and_East...

NP - Skagit River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2019, by Erik D Hilsinger (edhilsing at the gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was part of the NP route to Sumas that left Renton WA near Black River Junction. There are several mentions of this route in Warren Wing's NW Rail Pictorial series as well as in articles in the Mainstreeter. I grew up going past this bridge all the time in the summer when my grandparents lived in Concrete, Mt. Vernon, and finally Sedro Woolley. It has changed a lot but you can still see some of the history. Love this bridge for that reason.

Skagit River Bridge
Posted April 21, 2012, by Dave Henley (None, sorry)

Hi, guys! I'm a born and raised Skagitonian (55 years). This is NOT a former GN bridge. This is a former NP bridge (between Sedro-Woolley and Clear Lake), built on the original Seattle, Lakeshore & Eastern back in the day. The GN crossed the Skagit between Mount Vernon and Burlington (as BNSF still does east of I-5 & Riverside Drive). Dave (360) 676-1694

Skagit River Bridge
Posted March 17, 2012, by N. S. Martel (eljir16 [at] frontier [dot] com)

I believe that was part of a branch line for the former Northern Pacific Railroad. Here are some images. The southernmost span is a fixed swing span. Build date unknown.