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High Bridge


BH Photo #339017

Street View 


The large slab of concrete on the hill at the north end of the Monroe Street bridge is an abutment of the $400,000 railroad bridge built in 1914 for the joint use of the Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co. (Union Pacific), Milwaukee Road and Spokane International Railway (Canadian Pacific). That steel monster was built directly above and diagonally across Ralston’s architectural masterpiece. It was removed in the early 1970s as part of the river front rehabilitation project coincidental to the city’s hosting of the 1974 World’s Fair.


Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Latah Creek & Spokane River on Union Pacific RR Ayer Subdivision
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington
Removed but not replaced
Built in 1913 as part of the Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation companys' Spokane-Ayer cutoff. Abandoned in 1973 due to EXPO '74 line relocations, and removed in 1977-78.
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co. (OWR&N)
- Spokane International Railroad (SI)
Deck plate girder
Total length: 3,003.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.65594, -117.45477   (decimal degrees)
47°39'21" N, 117°27'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/465851/5278160 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Spokane NW
Inventory number
BH 69560 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 19, 2018: New Street View added by Luke
  • October 19, 2018: New photo from Leslie R Trick
  • April 19, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Spokane International Railroad", "Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co."
  • April 19, 2018: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical info to description, Add Spokane International Rwy. to categories
  • April 5, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • October 15, 2015: New photos from Kyle Jarvis
  • October 7, 2015: Added by Kyle Jarvis