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Crooked River Bridge


Crooked River Bridge

March 15, 2008

Photo taken by Michael Goff in March 2008


BH Photo #117444

Street Views 


Three bridges at crooked river

Drone flight over the bridge

Craig Philpott Photography

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Steel arch bridge over Crooked River on Former U.S. 97 alignment in Terrebonne
Terrebonne, Jefferson County, Oregon
Open to pedestrians
Built 1926, Closed to vehicles 2000
- Booth & Pomeroy, Inc. of Portland, Oregon (Steel Erector)
- Conde B. McCullough of Redfield, South Dakota (Bridge Engineer)
- J.H. Pomeroy of San Francisco, California (Some Involvement With Erection, Per HAER WA-102)
- Kuckenberg & Wittman of Portland, Oregon (General Contractor)
This highway span over the Crooked River Gorge provides one of the leading points of scenic grandeur in the central portion of the state. Designed by Conde B. McCullough, this bridge is 464-feet long and consists of a 330-foot two-hinged steel braced-spandrel deck arch. The structure was one of the highest bridges in the United States (at 295-feet from deck to streambed) when it was constructed. Architectural features include an ornamental concrete bridge railing and entrance pylons. A high line cableway was used in the erection of the structure. It is located just upstream from the 1911 Oregon Trunk Railroad steel arch bridge designed by Ralph Modjeski. ODOT recently completed building a new bridge near the historic bridge.
(Courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation)
Length of largest span: 330.0 ft.
Total length: 464.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
High Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.39286, -121.19415   (decimal degrees)
44°23'34" N, 121°11'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/643824/4917094 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Opal City
Inventory numbers
OR 00600 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 36868 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2022: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • April 1, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 2, 2019: New video from Craig Philpott
  • August 25, 2018: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • April 8, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 25, 2018: New photos from Leslie R trick
  • January 12, 2018: New Street View added by Leslie R trick
  • April 6, 2017: New photos from Mike Goff
  • April 3, 2013: New Street View added by Mike Goff
  • February 11, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Another Erection Company
  • July 1, 2010: New photo from Michael Goff
  • April 20, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • July 15, 2008: Added by Michael Goff

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Posted January 16, 2022, by Luke

I'd consult a doctor about that.

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Posted January 16, 2022, by bongo fury (bongofury [at] sogetthis [dot] com)

this bridge is so high it makes my penis hurt!

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Posted March 27, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Pigeon droppings can also be a health hazard for bridge inspectors. In the Pacific Northwest (Washington State) I noticed that Ospreys like to nest at the top of bridges, notably main post "towers" of cantilever through trusses. This results in quite a mess of droppings...


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Posted March 27, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
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Posted March 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not to interject seriousness into this levity...

But bird's mess can be acidic and bad for metal. This issue emphasizes the importance of cleaning, maintenance, and fresh paint on bridges with extreme bird activity.

If you go to the San Antonio Riverwalk you might notice betting on the underside of the bridges. Of course, this has to do with people under the bridges...

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Posted March 27, 2017, by The Answer
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Posted March 27, 2017, by Anonymous

Eun fhalbh

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Posted March 27, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They usually pick the side with the superior view... Thus increasing the odds that a human will come in contact with it.

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Posted March 27, 2017, by Anonymous

Please refrain from using coarse, offensive language on this august Web forum.

There are more appropriate words that could have been uses to convey the same meaning.

Dookie springs to mind as a good choise.

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Posted March 27, 2017, by Anonymous

Maybe they like to take off into the wind, and jettison excess cargo before liftoff.

Perhaps the breeze is better on one side of the bridge, so more cargo is left there.

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Posted March 26, 2017, by Anonymous

Most Avian excretion takes place on the wing....so which way does the wind blow?

Crooked River Bridge bird doodie
Posted March 26, 2017, by Justin clark (justintravisclark [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I walked across the old bridge and noticed that one railing on one side only was completely coated inbird shit while the railing on the other side didn't have so much as a spec can anybody tell me why this is