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BN - Hoquiam River Bridge


Hoquiam River Swing Bridge

View from South

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in February 2011


BH Photo #193264

Street View 


Information from NPRHA.org Online Collection


Abandoned through truss bridge over Hoquiam River on Abandoned Burlington Northern Railroad
Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Washington
Built 1915, Girder added 1938
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Northern Pacific Railway (NP)
Howe through truss swing span
Length of largest span: 256.0 ft.
Total length: 447.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.99475, -123.88352   (decimal degrees)
46°59'41" N, 123°53'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/432823/5204958 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 47983 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 29, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: corrected information from NP bridge records
  • August 7, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 4, 2011: Added by K. A. Erickson


  • K. A. Erickson
  • Douglas Butler
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


BN - Hoquiam River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

John,thanks for responding and letting me know your intentions toward certain bridges and whether to list them or not.

BN - Hoquiam River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


I assume you mean the trestle bridge to the north of the swing bridge? It is a separate bridge, listed as being a 6 span pile trestle, built 1953. I typically do not add trestles, as they are often common and more modern than their metal/concrete/stone counterparts.

BN - Hoquiam River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

While looking at this bridge I noticed another abandoned railroad bridge.Is this other bridge I saw part of the swing bridge?

Hoquiam River Swing Bridge
Posted September 5, 2011, by Steve Leeson (cruiser95fm [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This is not a logging railroad bridge, but former Northern Pacific Railway Bridge 3.2 (Later Burlington Northern, then Puget Sound & Pacific). It was on the "Horn Track" or "Lytle Spur" and crossed the Hoquiam River so the railroad could serve Grays Harbor Veneer, and Woodlawn (Later Hoquiam) Plywood. It used to see two trains daily and was manned 24 hours a day except for Sundays. Many people crossed this bridge by foot/bicycle that connected North Hoquiam to Woodlawn to work. It was first gas motor operated and later converted to electric operation around 1956. Burlington Northern discontinued 24 hour operation around 1972 and used a bridge tender on call when trains only crossed it once a day.