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CWRR - Yakima River Bridge

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looking south from Yakima Greenway Trail

Photo taken by Dave Cox in April 2017

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BH Photo #387296

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Description 

The bridge was nearly destroyed in the flood of 1964. New temporary piers have replaced the original and bridge was put back in service. Two 160' trusses originally located at 5th Crossing of the Yellowstone River, near Billings, Montana. Information from NPRHA.org Online Collection

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Yakima River on Central Washington Railroad
Location
Yakima, Yakima County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1924 with two secondhand 1891 spans, third span added 1945; Nearly destroyed in the flood of 1964 and placed on new piers.
Builder
- Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- Central Washington Railroad (CWRR)
- Northern Pacific Railroad (NP)
Design
2-160' Pin connected Pratt Through Trusses (1891, moved 1924)
1-150' Pin connected Pratt Through Truss (moved here 1945)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 160.0 ft.
Total length: 1,005.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.61579, -120.48874   (decimal degrees)
46°36'57" N, 120°29'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/692280/5165533 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Yakima East
Inventory number
BH 76601 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 29, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from NP bridge records
  • June 15, 2018: New photo from Leslie R trick
  • April 17, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • April 16, 2017: Updated by Luke: Merged info from other entry.
  • April 16, 2017: Added by Dave Cox

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Dave Cox
  • Luke
  • Leslie R Trick - Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

CWRR - Yakima River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Added some information on this bridge from NP bridge records. It appears all three spans were moved here after the 1906 flood, but before the 1960s flood.

In trying to find other spans, I found one more nearby (https://bridgehunter.com/wa/king/snoqualmie-trail/) that is the same dimensions, year and builder as the two Lassig spans on this bridge. In addition, the relocation date is the same. I believe the two spans on this bridge and that one span in King County were probably on the same bridge. The King County bridge reportedly came from the 7th Crossing of the Yellowstone River near Billings, which according to my records had 3-160' trusses and was rebuilt 1923.

CWRR - Yakima River Bridge
Posted May 3, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Builder's plate in photo 2 has 1891. There have probably been repairs to substructure, perhaps even replacement spans, at later times.

CWRR - Yakima River Bridge
Posted May 3, 2017, by Dave Cox (runnindingo [at] gmail [dot] com)

In my research I got two contradicting dates of when the bridge was destroyed First date is 1906 according to Yakima Museum. The other is 1964 based on the Whitnall family. They claim that their dad, Jack Whitnall was working for Boise Cascade as promo-man and took this picture at the same time.

I would like to verify this. Any help would be apppreciated

BTW I have family permission to post this picture.