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Ruckel Creek Bridge


Ruckel Creek Bridge

Bridge above Ruckel Creek Falls

Photo taken by Michael Goff in June 2011


BH Photo #218091


This bridge was built as a part of the Columbia River Highway in 1915. It was only used for 22 years before being bypassed in 1937 as part of the Bonneville Dam relocation.

This section of the highway was basically forgotten until the Gorge Trail was assembled in the 1970's. The Gorge Trail utilized the abandoned highway for over a mile from just east of Eagle Creek Campground across the Ruckel Creek Bridge and on to a point where the old highway was demolished to make room for the newer highway, now I-84.

In 1999, this portion of the old highway was restored as the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. The guardrails on the Ruckel Creek Bridge were restored and reconstructed where necessary. The entire route was repaved, and a tunnel was built under the freeway east of the bridge.


Slab bridge over Ruckel Creek on Historical Columbia River Highway
Hood River County, Oregon
Open to pedestrians
Built 1915
- L.W. Metzger - Highway Engineer
Span length: 10.0 ft.
Total length: 10.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.64504, -121.91866   (decimal degrees)
45°38'42" N, 121°55'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/584264/5055178 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bonneville Dam
Inventory number
BH 49862 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 1, 2022: New photos from Mike Garland
  • August 31, 2022: New photos from Mike Garland
  • August 30, 2022: New photos from Mike Garland
  • August 25, 2022: New photos from Mike Garland
  • August 24, 2022: New photos from Mike Garland
  • October 18, 2011: Added by Michael Goff


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