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Latah Bridge


The Sunset Boulevard Bridge

A view taken from a moving Amtrak train on an adjacent bridge. Conditions being what they were, I couldn't line up the perfect shot.

Photo taken by Matthew Harris in December 2010


BH Photo #191534

Street View 


The broad, deep canyon carved by the small stream called Sin too too lay by the Spokanes and Lah too by the Nez Perce marks the city’s western boundary, physically and psychologically if not politically. It was bridged by two different wooden trestles before the present structure linking 6th and 7th Avenues with the west was built.

City engineer, Morton McCartney, prepared the plans for a reinforced concrete bridge to span Hangman creek in 1910. They were reviewed and approved by the firm of Waddell & Harrington, famed Kansas City bridge architects. J.E. Cunningham was awarded a $416,000 contract by the city and began construction of the crossing in October 1911. The bridge, six massive open spandrel concrete arches standing up to 65 feet in height and spanning a gap over a thousand feet long was opened on October 15, 1913.


Concrete arch bridge over Latah Creek on Sunset Boulevard in Spokane
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1911-13
- J.E. Cunningham of Spokane, Washington (Contractor)
- Morton McCartney (City Engineer)
- W.S. Maloney (Designer)
- Waddell & Harrington of Kansas City, Missouri
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 1,069.9 ft.
Deck width: 44.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 1982
Also called
Sunset Boulevard Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.64995, -117.44731   (decimal degrees)
47°38'60" N, 117°26'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/466407/5277491 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Spokane NW
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 82004293 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 34561 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 81.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 22, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 19, 2018: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical info to description
  • February 7, 2017: New photo from Kyle Jarvis
  • October 7, 2015: New photo from Kyle Jarvis
  • May 10, 2012: New photos from Mike Goff
  • January 2, 2011: New photos from Matthew Harris


  • Matthew Harris - mnharris [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Kyle Jarvis
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Richard Doody
  • Geoff Hubbs


Sunset Blvd. Bridge
Posted March 2, 2015, by Frankie Benka Photography (fbenka [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's a recent pic I took of the bridge