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BNSF - Wind River Bridge


BNSF - Wind River Bridge

From the southwest

Photo taken by Mike Goff in March 2014


BH Photo #281098

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From Washington State

Detailed history of bridge.



Pratt through truss bridge over Wind River on Railroad (BNSF)
Skamania County, Washington
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Old span removed August 2019
Erected 1913, replaced with new span August 2019
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Truss Fabricator)
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Engineer)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SPS)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 300.0 ft.
Also called
Wind River RR Bridge 58.8
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.71560, -121.79176   (decimal degrees)
45°42'56" N, 121°47'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/594034/5063159 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 60331 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 3, 2022: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected date, added name, added engineer, add approach type, added lengths.
  • October 5, 2020: New photo from Henry Lombard-Hughes
  • June 28, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • March 14, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • August 15, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge replaced with new span
  • June 28, 2018: New photos from Mike Garland
  • June 27, 2018: New photos from Mike Garland
  • April 7, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • April 3, 2014: New photos from Mike Goff
  • March 31, 2014: New photo from Mike Goff
  • March 20, 2014: Added by Luke Harden


  • Luke
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Richard Doody
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Henry Lombard-Hughes
  • Nathan Holth


BNSF - Wind River Bridge
Posted November 24, 2020, by Charles Chambers (charleschambers [at] ymail [dot] com)

Here is a BNSF video about the replacement of this bridge in 2019.


BNSF - Wind River Bridge
Posted August 4, 2019, by Gianni Pulone (giannipulone [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of today this bridge is officially replaced. Drove by on highway 14 and the new bridge is in place, the original is floated away a few hundred feet.

BNSF - Wind River Bridge
Posted April 18, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)
BNSF - Wind River Bridge
Posted March 17, 2015, by M. Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)


What is the source for that photo?

The surrounding skyline looks alot more like the Washougal area than that of the mouth of the Wind River. The Columbia Gorge opens up at Washougal and you will see the more flood plain like surroundings there. Where at the mouth of the Wind River there is not that much flat land along the Columbia since the Cascades pretty much shoot straight up from the banks of the river.

The photo is too small to figure out the details, but it does at first glance look like a single span truss.

That is my take,


BNSF - Wind River Bridge
Posted March 16, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This historical photo was included with a discussion of the BNSF Washougal River Bridge but it looks single span and is maybe this bridge instead?