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Posted November 2, 2021, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Luke- Thanks, I suspected it might have been the next bridge north.

Posted November 1, 2021, by Luke

Geoff, your postcard was over the Payette, which I just made an entry for.

Posted November 1, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It appears that this timber bridge survived the Beachie Creek Fire in 2020. The area is still closed by the USFS but aerial imagery from 2021 shows the bridge in place.

Posted October 16, 2021, by Kirk J. Poole (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove stopped by and took photos on October 11, 2021. Nothing appears to be proceeding yet. I too, am wondering why a one-way couplet with new bridge can't be done. Oakland is a small town with 900 people. Whay not a second bridge and a one-way couplet?

Posted October 13, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It does not, if I get time to scroll through some old photos, I might get a page made up.

Posted October 13, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Thanks for clearing that up! I don't believe Bridgehunter has a page for the 1955 bridge?

Posted October 13, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge in the ENR article is the former northbound bridge at this location that was built in 1955 and replaced in 2004. The southbound bridge was built in 1965 as a basic twin of the 1955 bridge with some key differences.

The 1965 bridge features pre-stressed girder approach spans and the truss is bolted at the field connections.

The 1955 bridge has cast in place concrete girder approaches and had an entirely riveted truss.

The 1955 bridge was replaced with a post-tensioned concrete box girder in 2004.

Posted October 12, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I found this advertisement in a 1955 issue of ENR. If this is the same bridge (it looks the same) and assuming I-5 used to be OR-99, then I think this bridge may date to ca. 1955 rather than 1965.

Posted September 10, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would think a fixed span off another controversial pinned connected truss here in Oregon would work well too...

Posted September 10, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

A footbridge that only lasted 42 years? Now they want to replace it with a junk MOB that probably won't even last that long. Next time contact Bach Steel and get a bridge that lasts and is a signature landmark. Looks like about a 215 foot span from tower to tower. That would be similar to the Kent Street Bridge, a Bach Steel restoration in Michigan, pictured here. Would this cost more? Maybe, but its hard to put a value on a bridge that looks spectacular and lasts 200 years. Also, Bach Steel bridges are CERTIFIED WOODPECKER-PROOF, unlike the current bridge.

Posted September 9, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted September 2, 2021, by Luke

Verbatim from the essay titled "History of the Second Dayton Bridge Written by Mike Goff"

"The bridge was repaired in 1914-15 with a 200-foot long steel Parker through truss on concrete piers replacing the collapsed timber span."

The Washington State Biennial Report the picture came from was , unsurprisingly, published in 1915.

Posted August 10, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

...Or why not just upgrade the current bridge and save the taxpayers millions of dollars. The ADT count of 7,100 is pretty low for a bridge of this size, so I'd like to think the two states are doing the responsible thing.

Posted August 10, 2021, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Gosh, I wonder how they justified spending money on this old relic of a bridge? I would have thought they would have built a new cable stayed concrete slab.

Posted August 10, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Deck replacement project running through May 2022:

Posted August 7, 2021, by KIRK J. POOLE (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was removed during freeway construction. The river was relocated 125 feet south during the embankment build up for I-80N in 1961-1962.

Posted July 9, 2021, by David Willhite (Davidwillhite [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would like to know how tall Lobster Creek Bridge is above the ground/water. People often jump from this bridge for thrills and fun. (Must wear shoes, can break eardrums, not for the amateur) Also, I once jumped from the rock below it and broke an eardrum. How tall is that rock?

Can't find this info online.

Posted July 3, 2021, by Hiram (Hiramschoonover [at] yahoo [dot] com)

We have always been curious to know whether the old railway tunnel still was in use. Its been a mystery as we have never seen a train pass through and thought maybe it was a hystorical landmark. I suppose it's a good thing we never sought to investigate. I'm too pretty for a trespassing charge. 😂

Posted June 16, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I visited this beautiful structure back in October last year. Definitely a tough situation given the lack of space in that area to build a new bridge without removing the old one. All 3 spans are unique and need to stay together!

Posted June 15, 2021, by Mimi (GrateCarrots_Why [at] protonmail [dot] com)

A local historic preservation group, Preservation Works, is working to retain and reuse this 108 year old bridge as a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian facility. From an economic and historic preservation perspective, keeping the Van Buren Bridge in itís current location makes the most sense. Since the Oregon Department of Transportation insists their new bridge must be built in the location of the original, Preservation Works raised $30,000 for an independent engineering study to evaluate relocating, restoring, and seismically retrofitting the Van Buren Bridge. For more information check out their website:

Posted June 14, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds good to me Scott, thank you for that nugget of information.

Posted June 14, 2021, by Scott Gavin (trainnut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is at the site of Forest Crossing. The only trace of anything dating back to the days when Forest Crossing was a community was this old line shack just east of the bridge. Being as there are several other Crooked River Bridges on this website, perhaps the name should be changed to "Forest Crossing Bridge"?

Posted June 2, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was going through some roadway plans for this section of highway and did find a set showing the removal of this bridge. The plans were dated 1949, so the removal date was probably 1950 with the new culvert being completed in 1951 as Don stated.

I can not find plans for this bridge though, probably because is was designed by the Bureau of Public Roads and not the Oregon Highway Department.

This old structure has been a mystery to me as well, and I would like to get the the bottom of it someday.

Posted June 1, 2021, by Kirk J. Poole (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is not the Mosier Creek Bridge on the old US 30 in the Columbia River Gorge. This is indeed on an older alignment of Oregon State Highway 35 (Mount Hood Loop).

This bridge is about 30 miles from the erroneously mentioned "Mosier" bridge.

Thank you,

Posted May 14, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds a lot more realistic Mike!😜

Posted May 14, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure what is going on here, the bridge ADT data in ODOT's records shows an ADT of 895 for the past four bridge inspection cycles. Clackamas County shows counts in the 800 to 900 range since 2017. The error must be somewhere else in the data stream.

Posted May 14, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'll look into it, thanks for pointing the error out. I want my NBI data on point dang it!

Posted May 13, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes, it's obviously an error of enormous proportion. I visited both this bridge and it's twin on Lusted Road last October, and the Latter carries much more traffic. I would be surprised if the Bull Run Bridge carries over a thousand cars a day.

Posted May 13, 2021, by Rufus P Knapp (rufusk [at] comcast [dot] net)

Daily traffic must be wrong. This is a rural road. 152,800 cars per day is 106 cars per minute! My experience, having parked next to this bridge ~30 times a year over 20 years is ~ 30 cars per hour.

Posted April 22, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

When I get a minute I'll dig this one up and get some dimensions and a little history.

Posted April 6, 2021, by Scott Gavin (trainnute1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just found this bridge on Google Street View. Came here to see if it was listed. Happy to see it was!

Posted March 4, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Mike Garland,

I am glad to see you took notice of the "Peg Leg" repairs on the timber piles.

We have spent way too much time and money keeping this bridge up and running the past few years. I believe we are approaching 100 piles that have been spliced, repaired or replaced since 2015 when I started inspecting the bridge.

In the past few years the deck has really started take a turn as well, we are just hoping to nurse it along with patches until the replacement is completed.

This one is certainly at the end of it's useful life.

At least the steel girders are in decent condition!

Take Care,

Mike Goff

Posted February 23, 2021, by Crisman Crossing Fan Club

We here at GFU LOVE the longest clear span timber truss bridge in the contiguous United States. She helps us cross the canyon and is the true connecting piece of our campus. Praise her sturdy beams!

Posted February 20, 2021, by Estella Austin (stellaraustin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hello, I am Estella Austin.

Iíve recently written a story for my little grandson in honor of his 4th birthday. The story takes place on the Harrisburg Bridge. May I possibly use a photo or two of yours? My intention is to print them out so that he is able to visualize the location of the story. This story is just for him and will not be published. (Would that I had that talent!)

Please let me know if it is possible. His birthday is in late March.

I most sincerely applaud your photography skill!

Estella Austin

Posted January 19, 2021, by my name (email address)

very unique bridge you have there

Posted December 28, 2020, by John Casey (contactmeplz76 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I took this photo in the summer of 1972

Posted December 5, 2020, by Kirk Poole (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was completed in 1919.

Posted November 7, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I visited this little span and found the ramp removed and the bridge inaccessible.

Posted November 4, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I agree this is a bridge for which preservation for pedestrian use would have been an outstanding outcome! We are increasingly seeing incidents of historic truss bridges destroyed across the country by trucks, so preservation for pedestrian use is increasingly the best option for the long term wellbeing of the historic bridges.

I am always deeply disappointed when a historic bridge is NOT in the way of its replacement yet it is still demolished. This represents both a needless destruction of history and a poor use of taxpayer dollars. A central problem in a large number of states is a refusal of a DOT to allow a bridge to be left standing next to its replacement unless a third party takes ownership of the bridge. Some states even have indicated they have rules/regulations that do not allow them to continue to own the bridge. Until this changes we will continue to see a demolition of bridges that are not in the way of anything.

Posted November 4, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The historic bridge side of me will be sad to see this old workhorse go, but the bridge inspector side of me will be glad when this death trap is gone.

We have had so many close calls with this truss and it is just a matter of time before a truck takes out those end members and the entire structure ends up in the Umpqua River.

I was hopeful the locals would rally to keep the old bridge as a local attraction, but there was little to no interest.

Unfortunately it will be in the scrap heap soon, even though good times were had by all...

Posted November 3, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Interesting. I wonder if Carnegie continued to use the simple font Carnegie for the plate into the 1910s. I do have a 1910 plate with that font as well, but it seems like the angles and channels starting using other fonts in the 1910s.

Assuming it is a 1910s polygonal warren it isn't the oldest but it is still a relatively early surviving example. I agree with Tony it is nice they found new homes for both spans of the bridge.

Posted November 2, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Crossed this old beauty during my trip to Oregon a couple weeks ago. The replacement bridge is well underway but the old bridge, battered and bruised as she is, continues to handle the heavy load of traffic. It will be a shame to see her go!

Posted November 2, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great to see that both spans of the original bridge found new homes for trail use!

Posted November 2, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)


The truss details would make me think that is from the Coast Bridge Company of Portland, Oregon just like the through truss. Which would date it in the mid 1910's most likely.

With that said, I have do way of proving this at the moment, it's just a hunch.

I looked through your collection of Carnegie mill marks on and it doesn't exactly follow any set decade. It does looks exactly like your last "unknown date" stamp which is also on the top plate of a top chord member.

Link to Nathan's Mill Mark Page for those that are interested:


Posted November 2, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am curious as to the construction date of this bridge. Per the HAER comments of the originating bridge the pony truss span was extant when the through truss was moved into place in the 1930s.

Of interest is the older style (simple font) Carnegie brand, and the polygonal Warren truss configuration. Pre-1910 polygonal Warren pony truss bridges are extremely rare. So either this bridge is a really late presentation of this Carnegie font, or the bridge is a very early polygonal Warren pony truss. Either way it would appear to be a significant structure.

Posted October 29, 2020, by Gianni Pulone (giannipulone [at] gmail [dot] com)

Due to some undesirable activity in the past, the tunnel is set up with a motion detector, so if you go near it the police will show up. It's inadvisable to get close.

Posted October 27, 2020, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Walked it several times. I couldn't see over the railings to see the wonderful McKenzie River. The differences in 6 years and you can see why Hayden was moved from the transcontinental railroad in Corrine Utah because it was so light compared to Armitage

Posted October 26, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Back in Indiana now Mike, but indeed had a wonderful trip! Yes this bridge is a mammoth and must be seen in person to fully appreciate it. It was getting late by the time we made it into Salem so I decided not to bother you. Definitely intend to come back that way in a year or two and we will have to plan to meet up!

Posted October 26, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)


I'm glad you took the time to check this bridge out. No picture ever does this truss justice. It really is huge.

I hope you're enjoying your west coast swing!


Posted October 22, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The most massive Whipple I have ever seen!

Posted October 22, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Still looking good!

Posted October 22, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Was just told by a local at the Goodpasture Covered Bridge that the Belknap Covered Bridge was not lost in the wildfire last month. Due to conditions and work crews I decided not to drive to it.

Posted October 22, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

We found out today that the Henline Creek Bridge was lost in the Beachie Creek Fire on Labor Day. The bridge was owned by the U.S. Forest Service.

While not an overly notable bridge, it certainly was a great example of timber bridge construction used in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

Posted October 19, 2020, by Bob Melbo (bmelbo [at] q [dot] com)

Actually, this is true of all the bridges on the former Southern Pacific Coos Bay Branch: Coos Bay Rail LINE, a subsidiary of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, replaced Coos Bay Rail LINK as the line's operator effective November 1, 2018. Same initials, CBR, apply.

Posted October 1, 2020, by Doug Klingerman (dougbcnu [at] gmail [dot] com)

Narrowing down possible location across Mill Creek - somewhere between the unnamed bridge in Cascades Gateway Park and Kuebler Blvd.

3 items from

"January 3, 1938: "Hobson bridge near prison annex out with piers undermined. This road closed and impossible to make repairs as yet."(Daily Capital Journal)"

"June 25, 1940: "The Marion county court yesterday ordered closing of the Hobson bridge located two miles northeast of the penitentiary annex pending a decision on whether to repair the structure or rebuild it entirely. It is chiefly used for hauling of hay across Mill creek." (Statesman Journal)"

"August 10, 1941: "Near the penitentiary annex and built across Mill creek is the Hobson bridge. Constructed in the early 1890's, the structure was on a main trade route from the surrounding hills to Salem. Early settlers used this route to come to Salem for their shopping and to catch the river steamer to Portland. Today, condemned, it is in the heart of a 'lovers' lane.'" (Statesman Journal)"

Page 7 of

"Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) - In 1929, the former State Training School in Salem was turned over to the Penitentiary for use as a subsidiary minimum security prison, called the Annex Farm (later renamed Mill Creek Correctional Facility)."

Posted September 24, 2020, by Scott Shipman (oregonchipmunk [at] gmail [dot] com)

Perhaps you could also post the height of the Salt Creek Tunnel ( for those of us driving RVs ). Thanks

Posted September 14, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge is still standing as of Saturday.

Posted September 11, 2020, by Anonymous

No reports yet.

Posted September 11, 2020, by Jennifer Young (jbeayoung [at] gmail [dot] com)

Did this bridge survive the Holiday Farm Fire?

Posted September 9, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Our last report has this bridge still standing.

Posted September 9, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There appears to be some confusion. At the bottom of the article it says the bridge was reported to be okay.

Posted August 26, 2020, by K. J. Poole (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

This type of railing is known as 'Picket Fence' Railing. This type was Oregon's primary highway bridge railing from 1942-1956, when the '3-stripe' concrete railings appeared.

Posted August 21, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Counterweight sheaves being replaced:

This project does not change the bridge's long term doomed status.

Posted August 18, 2020, by Cory Gant (info [at] gantinspections [dot] com)

July 26, 2020.

Is there a way to view the Register-Guard article about this rail line and bridge?

Posted August 18, 2020, by Cory Gant (info [at] gantinspections [dot] com)

My family has floated this section of river three times this summer. We have been very curious on why there would be a draw bridge in this area. I will post some photos from our first float (2020).

Posted August 7, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I would be very, very surprised and in fact shocked if Portland actually went and demolished the Burnside Bridge (or any of their other historic bridges, for that matter). I agree with Nathan that Oregon in general and especially Portland have amazing records when it comes to historic bridge preservation. I believe that, with the unfortunate exception of the Sellwood Bridge, Portland has managed to preserve *all* of its historic bridges (the Tilikum Crossing was built new and did not replace a demolished bridge as far as I know).

I am sympathetic to the discussions around the future of the I-5 Bridge, since having a moveable bridge on a primary and busy expressway is definitely not desirable (in fact, I want to say that moveable bridges on the Interstate Highway System might have even been outlawed by AASHTO after the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Alexandria); but all of the downtown bridges definitely have no reason to be demolished, and if additional capacity is needed, should be bypassed or twinned with a bridge of a similar profile and then left in place. California should provide plenty of evidence of the ability of seismic retrofits.

Posted August 7, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am not real clear on the process they are following because it is my belief that Section 106 has NOT yet been conducted, but would apply to this bridge, YET, this news article is presenting the demolition and replacement of this highly significant historic bridge in the heart of downtown Portland as a preferred option.

The demolition of this bridge, a Joseph Strauss and Gustav Lindenthal masterpiece, would be a horrific scar on Oregon's preservation track record. As one of the core iconic downtown Portland bascule bridges, this would be akin to Pittsburgh demolishing and replacing one of the Three Sisters Bridges. Its ironic when we must consider Pennsylvania showing a greater commitment to preservation than Oregon. Indeed if you read the article the admission is made that rehabilitation (including retrofit for earthquakes) is possible, but apparently being dismissed.

This also raises serious concerns for the future of Portland's other surviving historic bridges. What's next for the scrapyard? The Ross Island Bridge? The nationally significant Broadway Bridge?

Posted July 2, 2020, by Desiree Cates (desireecates7 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There is a large plaque near the bridge that says the bridge was built in 1914.

Posted July 2, 2020, by Desiree Cates (desireecates7 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There is a large plaque near the bridge that says the bridge was built in 1914.

Posted June 22, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

They are considering preservation options. So far the thought is to move it. in my opinion, completely impractical. Better place the new bridge on a different alignment.

Posted June 9, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Very disappointing to hear this. I to date have not participated in Section 106 reviews for Oregon because to be honest they have such a good preservation track record that it wasn't a state I had to pay much attention to. However I find myself wondering why this bridge which is located in a vacant area with no properties nearby could not either be bypassed and preserved for pedestrian use, nor why a one way couplet could not have been built here.

Posted June 9, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The Oakland Bridge is now scheduled for replacement with construction beginning in 2022.

This bridge is one of the few remaining small scale deck trusses in Oregon designed under Conde McCullough.

While it is sad to see it go, the replacement will certainly benefit the community of Oakland as the old bridge is single lane controlled by a signal.

Posted June 9, 2020, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pretty special. Glad you got there Mike. Thank you. One big donor is sometimes all it takes and we were grateful for the connections that fell into place.

Going to the people now in an LLC...not the parks district. They just saw risk and costs for an inspection of 25k. Dont blame them because it's probably best that the people have their own damn bridge.

Beautiful details.

Leaving the rail rusty for the jumpers.

Posted June 9, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Finally made it out to Hayden Bridge a month or so ago.

It was really nice being able to walk the deck and take in the details of the old truss.

Nice work getting this bridge open to public, Julie!

Posted April 19, 2020, by Skylar Matthews (skylark [dot] matthews [at] icloud [dot] com)

Does anyone have a photo of the railroad trestle over abernathy creek in oregon city right about 17th street?

Posted April 15, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Mike, you're making me want to inspect bridges again! My legs won't let me climb trusses anymore but I could sure do deck inspections on beauties like that!!

When will the Conde McCullough Bridge be finished? I'm hoping you can tell them to put a rush on it (with no compromises in quality) and get it finished by the time I finally make it out there!

Posted April 15, 2020, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

That's cool!

Your lucky someone didn't sound an alarm thinking you were a jumper!

Posted April 15, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was doing the inspection of the steel on this bridge last week during the cover of darkness and decided to take advantage of the fact that there is no traffic on the bridge deck at 2:30AM with a super moon lighting the deck...

Posted April 3, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The ownership of this bridge was transferred to a private owner from Grant County around the year 2011.

Posted April 3, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This comment is almost a year late on the subject, but I guess better late than never.

The bridge was completed in 1960. The plans were put together in 1957 and 1958 per ODOT records.

The "Picket Fence" rail was called out on the plans based on a 1954 standard drawing. So Kirk was correct in the fact that the rail was from the dates he stated, just not the actual construction date. With that said, there is a chance that the 7th Street Bridge was the last bridge with the "picket fence" rail type built in Oregon.

Posted March 26, 2020, by K.J. Poole (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ersatz junk.

Posted February 8, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Love the painting... Cape Creek Bridge is on my short list when I visit my son and his family in Portland come March or April. We plan to drive the Oregon Coast Highway and visit several Conde McCullough gems.

Posted February 8, 2020, by Angela K (falpiqua [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My husband also painted the Cape Creek Bridge. I really enjoy this website because I have never seen any of the bridges he painted in real life, so I like to compare them. This one, in particular, was really interesting, and I love that someone else also painted it.

Posted February 8, 2020, by Angela K (falpiqua [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My husband paints bridges. I thought the people looking at this site might enjoy his work. Here is the Ben Jones bridge.

Posted January 17, 2020, by Scott Gavin (trainnut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

You can follow the grade leading to the trestle sight on the state of Oregon's Lidar page into Reedsport. I was unable to find which specific logging railroad built the railroad, but I was able to compile a list of lumber companies which may have had logging railroads out of Reedsport. Balderidge Logging Co. 1931-1938, C. Mc. C. Johnson Lumber Co. 1921-1928, Elrod & Wills Lumber Co. 1929-1930, Umpqua Mills and Timber Co. 1924-1934, Winchester Bay Lumber Co. 1920-1936, and H-K Logging 1922-1929.

Posted January 16, 2020, by Scott Gavin (trainnut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If you look to the right of the white buildings above and just east of the trestle, you can see the remains of another, shorter trestle

Posted December 26, 2019, by Kirk J.Poole (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Moffett Creek Bridge was in service until 1954, not 1940, as the above information states. The 2nd Generation highway was completed in 1954.

Posted December 16, 2019, by Anonymous

A 2 year project was completed this past summer (July, 2019), replacing the concrete decking.

Posted November 10, 2019, by Rick (rick [at] hamell [dot] net)

Was originally known as the Austa Bridge on early maps.

Posted November 7, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I still feel this is a sad outcome. I hope this isn't the future for the Oregon Coast Highway Conde McCullough bridges too. I would have preferred to see the original pin-connected Pratt trusses widened and placed on a bridge as decorative elements, thereby preserving one of the last pin-connected highway trusses in Oregon, an outcome that has been done in other states like New Jersey. The design of the replacement truss lacks the character-defining features of the historic truss including but not limited to a Pratt truss configuration, pin connections, and built-up beams with lacing. The new bridge design is pretty standard, they might not be common in Oregon, but many states out east build welded/bolted modern trusses, some in large quantities.

The modern truss would have been a great solution, IF the historic trusses were relocated and preserved elsewhere. But I do not believe this is the case here.

Oregon has traditionally had a good preservation track record, I am concerned... why is there suddenly this effort to destroy historic bridges? The other one at risk is the Van Buren Street Bridge, a swing bridge that also has pin connections. In the context of Oregon, pin-connected trusses are one of the rarest bridge types in the state. Does this count for nothing?

Posted October 23, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I can't believe they really are planning to demolish and replace this bridge. I thought Oregon had a good commitment to preservation. Or does that commitment only extend to Conde McCullough bridges and Oregon Coast Highway Bridges, and other bridges are sent to the scrapyard? This bridge is extremely rare in the context of Oregon.

Posted October 6, 2019, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Enjoy your trip when you make it.

Both the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast are wonderful adventures.

Feel free to reach out when you are in the area.



Posted October 4, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the new pics of this beauty Mike!

I'm anticipating my upcoming visit to Portland to visit my son and his family! Especially my grandson Alex that I have yet to see in person!

I plan to spend a day travelling the Columbia River to see the bridges and amazing waterfalls of the region. I also plan to make a trip down the coast to take in as many of the Conde McCullough gems as I possibly can!

Posted August 30, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

The decay is Beautiful

Posted August 30, 2019, by Kirk J. Poole (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)


Posted August 30, 2019, by Kirk J. Poole (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've just finished contacting the Director of ODOT to see what he can do by using jail labor to clean the decks and bushes off the bridge. I've known the director since I was 8 years old. I hope I pulled a bit and some day soon, we will see this bridge cleared off and at least in static condition.

Posted August 25, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


I looked into the bridge a little. I found a few locations that originally had 120' through trusses erected over them in the 1880s. However, none were Mill Creek or Gienega Creek.

Posted August 25, 2019, by Don Morrison

What the description is saying is that the bridge was removed and the site where it was located has been filled up to I-5 grade level. A culvert exists under all that fill for the creek.

I think this is the relevent info. Built 1951. I-5 seems to cross the creek several times though.

Unfortunately, concrete arches are hard to preserve unless they can be bypassed and left in place. Satellite imagery suggests that it was removed and the canyon filled as the description says.

Good luck on your bike trip, and be sure to correct the information here if you find anything different.

Posted August 24, 2019, by Kirk J. Poole (KJPPORTLAND [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

I'm still searching for citations or references about the demise of this bridge. This article says it's been removed, and then also says it is buried under many feet of fill. I have seen the rubble dumps in top of the original highway. One dump is over 35 feet high.Same goes in 3 other spots up the canyon where ODOT willi-nilly dumped earthwork and asphalt material on the west side at several different ins and outs. Do you have any good sources where this information came from? I will be tracing the entire canyon on October 12, 2019. I'm buying a folding bike to ride over the sections that have been fenced off by ODOT or BLM. I've been poring over all these sections since I recieved my driver's license in 1979. Sort of a life's work for me. ANY help greatly appreciated.

Sincerely appreciated,

KIRK POOLE, SE Portland, Oregon

Posted August 22, 2019, by Kirk J.Poole, Portland, Oregon (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Viaduct is still there in 2019, coverd in several hundred pounds of blackberry bushes and tree limbs strewn all over. Would be mighty white if Columbia County would restore this crown piece of the Lower Columbia River Highway before it does suffer moderate to severe structural and topside damage.