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Yakima Valley Trolley - Naches River Bridge

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YVT - Naches River Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on June 20, 2009

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Overview
Pegram through truss bridge over Naches River on Yakima Valley Trolley Line in Yakima
Location
Yakima, Yakima County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built in 1895 in Manhattan, KS; Moved to Yakima in 1912
Builder
- George Pegram of Council Bluffs, Iowa
Railroads
- Interurban
- Yakima Valley Trolley (YVT)
Design
The Yakima Valley Trolleys bridge over the Naches River is a wrought iron Pegram Truss bridge that was originally built by the Union Pacific Railroad in Manhattan, Kansas. It was originally built in 1895. In 1912 it was brought, disassembled, to Yakima for use on the YVT Naches river crossing.
(Courtesy of Yakima Valley Trolleys)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 324.2 ft.
Also called
YVT - Naches River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.62806, -120.52056   (decimal degrees)
46°37'41" N, 120°31'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/689801/5166818 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Selah
Elevation
1083 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 34640 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 18, 2018: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 21, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff
  • June 23, 2009: Updated by Michael Goff
  • June 23, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories - this is a Pegram Truss.
  • June 22, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff

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Yakima Valley Trolley - Naches River Bridge
Posted November 20, 2018, by Luke

Yeah, it's part of what was the Pacific Electric "Red Car's" Santa Ana branch (As was this lost Phoenix truss: https://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/bh78012/ ), which was built by another company in 1905 and bought by them in 1911.

Another relocated truss existed in Redlands up until it was demolished in 2012 for a UCEB:

https://bridgehunter.com/ca/san-bernardino/bh50067/

Yakima Valley Trolley - Naches River Bridge
Posted November 20, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

There's a Pegram on a trolley line near LA (Red Line?). I wonder if it is also relocated.

Naches River Bridge
Posted June 23, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the information. That is quite a story.

Naches River Bridge
Posted June 23, 2009, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

I was able to contact the Yakima Valley Trolley System and they gave me the information we have been looking for...

The YVT bridge over the Naches River is a Pegram Truss bridge that was originally built by the Union Pacific railroad in Manhattan, Kansas. It was built in 1895. In 1912 it was brought, disassembled, to Yakima for use on the YVT Naches river crossing.

Courtesy of

Ken Johnson, President

Yakima Valley Trolleys

Naches River Bridge
Posted June 23, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think your right Robert. It does appear to be much older, and it is pin-connected. There are 2 Indiana Bridge Company spans that are similar (IBCo referred to them as "High-triangular" trusses). The Indiana bridge was built in 1902, and the Ohio span was built in 1906.

Naches River Bridge
Posted June 23, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can almost guarantee that this bridge was constructed well before 1920. I have visited two Pegram Truss bridges in Kansas, one of which was definitely built in 1893. The Naches River Bridge, and both Kansas bridges feature very similar portal bracing, all of which are probably wrought iron instead of steel.

Perhaps the bridge was moved or re-habilitated in 1920.

Naches River Bridge
Posted June 23, 2009, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

I also question the date on this bridge. It appears to be to be a little closer to the turn of the last century or a little older. There were no plaques or date makings on the structure when I visited the site. However, a nearby bridge over the Naches River located about a mile upstream was dated 1884, which is about as old as it gets here in the Northwest.

I believe this bridge was part of the original railroad into the Yakima Valley and was converted to the electric trolley system around the 1920 date associated with this bridge. There is a newer B.N.S.F. bridge adjacent to this structure, that may be from around the 1920ís or 30ís (No date on it either)

I have been working on properly dating this structure, but have had little luck thus far.

The other two bridges will be posted soon.

Naches River Bridge
Posted June 23, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I question the build date for this bridge. I think it is older.

Naches River Bridge
Posted June 23, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a very rare example of a Pegram Truss. Great find!