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BNSF - Lewis River Bridge


Lewis River Railroad Bridge

from northeast

Photo taken by Michael Goff on January 24, 2009


BH Photo #132632



SP 4449 crossing the Lewis river


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The Lewis River Railroad Bridge is a 265.0 ft swing span bridge built around in 1914 to replace a 1902 bridge that was reused in Idaho. The bridge was constructed as part of a railroad project to directly connect Portland, Oregon with Seattle, Washington. The B.N.S.F. 9.6 Columbia River Bridge was also included in this project. Prior to the construction of the line between Kalama, WA and Portland, OR the railroads crossed the Columbia River via a ferry located between Kalama and Goble, Oregon.

The swing span though still part of the bridge has not been operational for some time as evident by the condition of the tender house.


Warren Through truss bridge over Lewis River on BNSF Railway
Clark County, Washington, and Cowlitz County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1914
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Northern Pacific Railway (NP)
- Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SPS)
Warren through truss swing span with four warren through truss approach spans
Length of largest span: 255.0 ft.
Total length: 808.0 ft.
Also called
NP Bridge #119
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.86444, -122.75139   (decimal degrees)
45°51'52" N, 122°45'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/519297/5079016 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Helens
Inventory number
BH 38697 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 26, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 3, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from NP bridge records
  • March 7, 2018: New video from Leslie R Trick
  • May 29, 2014: New photos from Mike Goff
  • January 12, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway", "Navigable waterway"
  • January 26, 2009: Added by Michael Goff

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  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
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