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Old Madame Dorian Bridge


Walla Walla River Bridge

Photo taken by Mike Goff in July 2016


BH Photo #357976

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Abandoned concrete rigid frame bridge over Walla Walla River on US 12
Walla Walla County, Washington
Abandoned and partially removed
Built 1931, partially removed and abandoned in 1949
Concrete rigid frame
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.05921, -118.90842   (decimal degrees)
46°03'33" N, 118°54'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/352385/5102396 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 14 N., R. 11 W., Sec. 6
Inventory number
BH 55606 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 15, 2018: New photos from Leslie R trick
  • May 10, 2018: New Street View added by Leslie R Trick
  • August 29, 2017: New photo from Kyle Jarvis
  • July 9, 2016: New photos from Mike Goff
  • February 20, 2013: Added by Luke Harden


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Old Madame Dorian Bridge
Posted August 30, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Maybe they wanted a bridge with higher elevation in case the lake filled up during high water events. Its also worth noting that the new bridge was a realignment for the highway too so it may have afforded a better curve for the highway. It was not unheard of for bridges in this period of rapid development of highways to have a short service life as highways were realigned to allow for safer and higher speeds.

Old Madame Dorian Bridge
Posted August 29, 2017, by Jacob P Lennington (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It seems it had something to do with filling in the nearby lake, according to this guy:


Old Madame Dorian Bridge
Posted August 29, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Anyone have the story on why this bridge was in use for so little time?