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Cispus River Bridge


General View Of Bridge, Looking Southwest By 240 Degrees

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #150913


Lost wooden Howe through truss bridge over Cispus River
Lewis County, Washington
Destroyed in January 2002 flooding
Built 1939; Washed out 2002
- Civilian Conservation Corps (Builder)
The planning of the Cispus Valley Bridge illustrates the cooperation between the U.S. Forest Service and local governments that developed during the Great Depression. Construction of the bridge linked three significant participants in local, regional and national history: Lewis County, the Forest Service, and the Civilian Conservation Corps, which provided the labor as part of a Depression-era program to provide work for the jobless. Cispus Valley Bridge may be the longest single-span wooden bridge in the State of Washington (200 feet).
(HAER WA-65)
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 416.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.44746, -121.86414   (decimal degrees)
46°26'51" N, 121°51'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/587240/5144391 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tower Rock
Inventory number
BH 34374 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


  • HAER WA-65 - Cispus Valley Bridge
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • K. A. Erickson


Cispus River Bridge
Posted January 5, 2021, by Kim lakin (Klakin2013 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi, I grew up in the Cispus valley and have crossed the old wooden bridge several times as a child walking and in the car do you have any available pictures you could email me to print out and frame....It was a beautiful and well constructed bridge. Thank you, Kim