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Red Bridge


Red Bridge Columbia Falls MT

View from the west

Photo taken by David Jones in March 2018


BH Photo #420464



Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Flathead River on CR 108 (Talbot Road)
Columbia Falls, Flathead County, Montana
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Efforts to fund preservation are ongoing. At the same time, county is attempting to seek information on demolition grants. Bridge should be considered at risk for demolition.
Built 1912. Rehabilitated 1964. Closed To Vehicles 1989. Closed To Pedestrians 1992.
- A.Y. Bayne & Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Two span pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss.
Length of largest span: 222.0 ft.
Total length: 442.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 17, 2010
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.36190, -114.18394   (decimal degrees)
48°21'43" N, 114°11'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/708582/5360357 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Columbia Falls South
Inventory numbers
NRHP 10000183 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 45914 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 15, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 31, 2018: New photos from David Jones
  • August 9, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • March 26, 2012: Updated by Craig Philpott: Corrected bridge length
  • December 5, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge's future is now uncertain. May be at risk for demolition.
  • August 16, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth



Red Bridge
Posted July 15, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Another historic bridge in help. The Old Red Bridge at Columbia Falls, Montana is the last two-span Pennsylvania through truss bridge in the state and has potential to be restored and integrated into a key regional bike trail. Problem: money and support. Yet there is a group that is pursuing the plan of restoring and reusing the bridge. More details and information on how you can help can be found here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2014/07/15/old-red-bri...

Red Bridge
Posted April 10, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge now has a Facebook page, which by the way has a cover photo of this bridge which is one of the most beautiful historic bridge photos I have ever seen!


Red Bridge
Posted September 30, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Watched the video about the planned restoration and reuse of this beauty...... Too bad more communities can't seem to preserve their history like this!