4 votes

BNSF - Willow Canyon Trestle


Willow Canyon Bridge

March 15, 2008

Photo taken by Michael Goff in March 2008


BH Photo #117439

Street Views 


Deck plate girder bridge over Willow Creek on BNSF/Union Pacific Railroad northwest of Madras
Madras, Jefferson County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1910
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Steel Fabricator)
- Bates & Rogers Construction Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Substructure)
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas (Erection)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Deschutes River Railroad (DRR)
- Great Northern Railway (GN)
- Northern Pacific Railway (NP)
- Oregon Trunk Railway (OTR)
- Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SPS)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.63824, -121.14307   (decimal degrees)
44°38'18" N, 121°08'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/647272/4944442 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Madras West
Inventory number
BH 36866 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2022: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • December 1, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added builders
  • April 3, 2013: New Street View added by Mike Goff
  • July 1, 2010: New photo from Michael Goff
  • September 14, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff
  • July 15, 2008: Added by Michael Goff



Willow Canyon Bridge
Posted February 23, 2010, by Bogwan (bogwan66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

That structure that you see below the Willow Canyon Bridge is not another bridge. It is in fact an aquifer that bridges the irrigation canal. I crossed that bridge on foot at or around 3:00 AM on a cocktail induced dare. Made it across safely but I did not attempt to recross it.

Willow Canyon Bridge
Posted January 8, 2010, by Bobby Norris (bobenorris [at] att [dot] net)

Yeah, I thought about that million dollar view when I first saw this bridge. I'd sure like to cross it someday.

Willow Canyon Bridge
Posted November 6, 2008, by Anonymous

This is a remarkable bridge. It's HUGE. Just look how it dwarfs the bridge next to it. It TOWERS over it. The train crews must get a million dollar view that only they get to enjoy. Lucky dogs. The bridge is so narrow underneath the locomotive that it must seem as if the train is flying over the canyon. My goodness, what if the train broke down or caught on fire while out on the bridge? How would the train crew get out of there? And it's been around for 98 years. Amazing.