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Applegate River Bridge


Topographic View Of Applegate River Bridge, View Looking Northeast

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #196449

Street View 


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Applegate River on OR 238 in Murphy
Murphy, Josephine County, Oregon
Replaced by a steel plate girder bridge in 2004
Built 1935, Replaced 2004
- Glenn S. Paxson of Salem, Oregon (Bridge Engineer)
The Applegate River Bridge #01985 is significant as an intact example of a pre-WWII steel through truss. It is significant as an embodiment of an obsolete type and method of construction, a Parker through truss with riveted gusset plates, arched portals, laced members, barbell concrete piers, and cantilevered sidewalks. The Parker truss form, a Pratt truss with a polygonal top chord, is the predominant truss type for the remaining through truss bridges in Oregon.
(HAER OR-138)
Length of largest span: 180.1 ft.
Total length: 450.2 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
Murphy Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.34341, -123.33285   (decimal degrees)
42°20'36" N, 123°19'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/472582/4687959 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
OR 01985 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 42386 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2011: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • March 30, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff
  • April 20, 2009: Added by Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER OR-138 - Applegate River Bridge No. 01985, Spanning Applegate River at Milepost 6.14 of Jacksonville Highway (OR-238), Murphy vicinity, Josephine, OR
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com