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Upper Selah Bridge (1905)



In talking to "locals" who have lived in Yakima area, The only information I have gathered is that a bridge built with wood was built in 1905 and destroyed by the 1906 flood. This is the only photograph I have seen of this bridge. However there is a horizon in the picture which appears to be in the lower part of the Selah Gap. Second clue is its close proximity to the Northern Pacific Rrailroad. Google Earth reveals the geography and shows the only point of crossing would be from the sportsman park off of Rovitto Rd and cross over to a peninsula created between the Yakima River and the Natches River. The road would head to North Yakima (proper name for the present Yakima in the early 1900s) by going west underpass through the NP bridge on the north side of this bridge. The road connects with the Selah Wagon Road and goes into North Yakima over the "Wagon Road Bridge" west of the NPRR Bridge/


Bridge over Yakima River conecting East Selah and Yakima Canyon to Yakima
Selah, Yakima County, Washington
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1905; Replaced 1907
Pratt through truss
Also called
Actually because of its one year existence there (so far) is no real name yet. The name Upper Selah Bridge (1st) is chosen only for clarity purposes. If anyone has the real name I am all ears.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.63087, -120.52026   (decimal degrees)
46°37'51" N, 120°31'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/689815/5167132 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 76882 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 25, 2017: Updated by Luke: Deleted information pertaining to the Lower Selah/4th Street Bridge
  • June 24, 2017: Updated by Dave Cox: Changed title from Lower Selah Bridge to Upper Selah Bridge
  • June 24, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added link to image
  • May 11, 2017: Updated by Luke: Corrected build date + added builder
  • May 11, 2017: New photo from Dave Cox
  • April 30, 2017: Added by Dave Cox

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Upper Selah Bridge (2nd)
Posted June 24, 2017, by Anonymous

The image linked calls it the lower bridge.