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GN - Harpole Covered Bridge 47-38-01


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #195958



Howe through truss covered railroad bridge, over Palouse River
Whitman County, Washington
Destroyed by fire
Replaced prior bridge 1922, Truss housed 1928, Converted to vehicle usage 1967; Burned in wildfires Sept. 7, 2020
- Great Northern Railway (GN)
- Interurban
- Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad (S&IE)
Howe timber through truss railroad bridge, covered, with separately housed trusses, located on a curve, with timber trestle approach over floodplain.
Span length: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Also called
GN - Curtis Lowe Bridge
Manning Bridge
GN - Palouse River Bridge
GN - Colfax Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.92832, -117.41535   (decimal degrees)
46°55'42" N, 117°24'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/468380/5197282 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 47-38-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 48488 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 8, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge has been destroyed in wildfires
  • March 17, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • April 16, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 18, 2018: Updated by John C Stutz: Added general and detail photos from 1972.
  • February 7, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Railroad"
  • April 6, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "HAER documented"
  • March 24, 2011: Added by Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER WA-133 - Harpole Bridge
  • John C Stutz
  • Richard Doody
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


GN - Harpole Covered Bridge 47-38-01
Posted September 9, 2020, by Patrick Gurwell (pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com)

That's too bad. That is a great bridge in a great setting.

GN - Harpole Covered Bridge 47-38-01
Posted September 8, 2020, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
GN - Harpole Covered Bridge 47-38-01
Posted September 8, 2020, by John Marvig

Iím seeing pictures that this bridge burned in wildfires yesterday.