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Pickett Bridge


Photo taken by Rich Murphy

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

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BH Photo #240433


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George E. Pickett might be remembered for his "charge" at Gettysburg, but in his life before the Civil War he was stationed as a captain in the US Army at Fort Bellingham where he was charged with building a wooden bridge over Whatcom Creek. This "ramshackle" bridge, the first "Pickett Bridge" existed from 1857 to 1903. The 1920 arch was erected in its place and still bears his name. Pickett was also a key player in the Pig War, a boundary dispute between Britain and the US, and stationed at American Camp on San Juan Island.


Concrete arch bridge over Whatcom Creek on Prospect Street in Bellingham
Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1920; rehabilitated 2002
Span length: 67.9 ft.
Total length: 67.9 ft.
Deck width: 36.1 ft.
Also called
Prospect Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.75510, -122.48130   (decimal degrees)
48°45'18" N, 122°28'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/538124/5400361 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bellingham North
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 34612 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 77 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Arch (12,409)
Bellingham, Washington (9)
Built 1920 (1,031)
Built during 1920s (10,087)
Closed-spandrel arch (4,149)
Deck arch (11,646)
Flared (403)
Have street view (27,732)
Luten arch (97)
Open (40,252)
Owned by city (5,769)
Skewed (4,959)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,261)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,408)
US 99 (74)
Washington (1,331)
Whatcom County, Washington (41)

Update Log 

  • March 21, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • September 29, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • August 7, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden


  • K. A. Erickson
  • Luke