Bridges & Trestles

Bridges & Trestles

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  1. Applying Gunite, Oregon City Bridge Construction - Eddy

    Applying Gunite, Oregon City Bridge Construction - 1922

    The Oregon City Bridge is the only Oregon bridge to be encased in gunite, which protects its steel frame from corrosive sulfur dioxide fumes from the paper mills to the south of the bridge. Learn More
  2. Arch Bridge from Below - Eddy

    Arch Bridge from Below - c. 1950

    This deceptively simple view from below shows the Arch Bridge at about the age of thirty. Learn More
  3. Arch Bridge Vista, Oregon City - Eddy

    Arch Bridge Vista, Oregon City - c. 1950

    A striking view that contrasts the natural landscape with the built structure of the bridge, taken by photographer Ralph Eddy near the end of his professional career. Learn More
  4. Baker's Bridge, Across the Clackamas River - Indahl

    Baker's Bridge, Across the Clackamas River - c. 1900

    This rare early view shows the original wooden covered bridge that crossed the Clackamas River at Carver, reported to have been the longest covered bridge in Oregon at the time of its completion. Learn More
  5. Barge Used for Oregon City Bridge Construction - Eddy

    Barge Used for Oregon City Bridge Construction - 1922

    This close-up view shows us many of the details of the barge with a steam donkey powered crane used to build the Oregon City Arch Bridge. Learn More
  6. Broadway Bridge with Sternwheeler

    Broadway Bridge with Sternwheeler - 1915

    Created in 1915 by an unknown photographer, this view shows the Broadway Bridge, looking towards the west, two years after its completion. You can find much the same view today from North Interstate Avenue. Learn More
  7. Building a Bridge Along the Snake River near Robinette

    Building a Bridge Along the Snake River near Robinette - c. 1909

    This view shows a railroad bridge under construction across the Powder River where it flows into the Snake. Robinette was located behind the photographer on the west bank of the Snake River. Learn More
  8. Building the Temporary Bridge at Willamette Falls - Eddy

    Building the Temporary Bridge at Willamette Falls - 1921

    It's said that this temporary footbridge was built in one day, which may be a slight exaggeration, but it clearly went up quickly. Learn More
  9. C & E Railway Trestle and Baker Covered Bridge at Carver

    C & E Railway Trestle and Baker's Covered Bridge at Carver - c. 1930

    This photo was taken at the time the old covered bridge was being replaced by a new steel bridge, and the railroad trestle to the left was under construction. Learn More
  10. Cars and Motorcycles at Shepperd's Dell Bridge

    Cars and Motorcycles at Shepperd's Dell Bridge - c. 1916

    An unknown photographer captured this scene of cars and motorcycles at Shepperd's Dell Bridge on the Columbia River Highway, shortly after the highway was opened in 1916. Learn More
  11. Columbia River Highway at Multnomah Falls - Eddy

    Columbia River Highway at Multnomah Falls - 1923

    This is one of Ralph Eddy's earliest photos of the Columbia Gorge - a location where he would soon establish his postcard stand and build a career. Learn More
  12. Columbia River Highway Under Tooth Rock - Eddy

    Columbia River Highway Under Tooth Rock - 1927

    We're looking upstream at Tooth Rock Viaduct, devised as a way to allow the new scenic highway to pass around the rock without destroying it by blasting. Learn More
  13. Columbia River Railroad Bridge at Celilo - Patterson

    Columbia River Railroad Bridge at Celilo - c. 1912

    Looking across the Celilo railroad bridge shortly after its completion in 1912. Learn More
  14. Crooked River Bridge, The Dalles-California Highway - Eddy

    Crooked River Bridge, The Dalles-California Highway - 1930

    The Crooked River High Bridge was completed in 1926, four years before this photo was created. Like many other arched bridges in Oregon, it was designed by Conde McCullough. Learn More
  15. Dedication Crowd, Oregon City Bridge Opening - Eddy

    Dedication Crowd, Oregon City Bridge Opening - 1922

    On December 28, 1922, the new Arch Bridge across the Willamette River between Oregon City and West Linn was dedicated. Photographer Ralph Eddy captures the view from below. Learn More
  16. Eagle's Nest Closeup, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Eagle's Nest Closeup, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    This image is recreated from a hand-colored print made by the Fred Kiser Company, as part of a series publicizing the new scenic highway. Learn More
  17. Eagle's Nest, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Eagle's Nest, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    "Eagle's Nest" is the name given by Samuel Lancaster to this small viewing area when he designed it as part of the Columbia River Highway. Learn More
  18. Early West Linn from Oregon City Bluffs - Stevens

    Early West Linn from Oregon City Bluffs - c. 1895

    Two couples pose for a portrait at the top of the bluff in Oregon City, with the suspension bridge and Willamette River in the background. Learn More
  19. Elk Rock Trestle to Oswego

    Elk Rock Trestle to Oswego - c. 1894

    Elk Rock Trestle, replaced by a tunnel in 1921, on the line from Portland to Oswego. Learn More
  20. Fields Covered Bridge, on the Tualatin River

    Fields Covered Bridge, on the Tualatin River - c. 1935

    The last of four Fields Covered Bridges over the Tualatin River, west of Willamette. Learn More
  21. First Steel Bridge, Portland, Under Construction - Bertram C. Towne

    First Steel Bridge, Portland, Under Construction - 1888

    This is the first Steel Bridge, after the lower deck was functional but before the upper deck was completed. Learn More
  22. High Wheeler on West End of Oregon City Bridge

    High Wheeler on West End of Oregon City Bridge - c. 1895

    A young man poses with his high wheeler bicycle on the west end of the old Oregon City suspension bridge - the original "bridge to nowhere". Learn More
  23. Hood River Bridge - Eddy

    Hood River Bridge - 1926

    The Hood River Bridge is the second oldest bridge built across the Columbia between Oregon and Washington, having been completed in 1924, shortly before this photo was created. Learn More
  24. Hood River from the Eastside Grade - Patterson

    Hood River from the Eastside Grade - c. 1910

    Looking north down Hood River from the east bank, we see the town named after the river to the left. In the distance is the Columbia River, and the hills of Washington State on the other side. Learn More
  25. Hood River Railroad Bridge

    Hood River Railroad Bridge - c. 1900

    This is the railroad bridge across the mouth of Hood River that preceded the current steel bridge - itself now a very historic structure, having been completed in 1906. Learn More
  26. Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - Cross and Dimmitt

    Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1921

    This hand-tinted image is reproduced from a medium sized print sold by Cross & Dimmitt at Vista House during the 1920s and 1930s. Learn More
  27. Interstate Bridge, Nearing Completion - Prentiss

    Interstate Bridge, Nearing Completion - 1917

    This is the new Interstate Bridge, the first auto bridge between Portland and Vancouver, shortly before it was opened on Feb. 14th, 1917 - which was Oregon's 58th anniversary of its statehood. Learn More
  28. Lake Oswego Railroad Bridge

    Lake Oswego Railroad Bridge - c. 1910

    The Lake Oswego Railroad Bridge, built as the Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge north of Tyron Creek, nearing the end of its construction. Learn More
  29. Latourelle Bridge, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Latourelle Bridge, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    Looking across the newly completed bridge, we can still see a ladder below and planks piled in the distance. Learn More
  30. Log Rafts Above Suspension Bridge, Willamette Falls

    Log Rafts Above Suspension Bridge, Willamette Falls - 1897

    For decades, much of the traffic through Willamette Falls Locks was log rafts, moving downstream to Portland area sawmills, and often beyond. Learn More
  31. Logjam on the Upper Willamette

    Logjam on the Upper Willamette - c. 1900

    Two steamboats arrive to help clear out a logjam under a bridge somewhere on the upper Willamette River. Learn More
  32. Looking Downstream Towards the New Oregon City Bridge

    Looking Downstream Towards the New Oregon City Bridge - c. 1888

    We can date this image by noting the presence of the suspension bridge, opened in 1888, and the absence of many paper mill buildings on the west shore, which were built shortly after the bridge was finished. Learn More
  33. Looking Over Canemah Towards the Arch Bridge - Eddy

    Looking Over Canemah Towards the Arch Bridge - 1937

    It's not easy to find older photos of Canemah - usually the town is in the far background of photographs taken looking upstream at Willamette Falls. Learn More
  34. Looking over Oregon City toward Mt. Hood - Cheney

    Looking over Oregon City towards Mt. Hood - c. 1896

    This long view of Oregon City is unusual in that is shows the farms and buildings on the upper bluff, as well as downtown near the river. Learn More
  35. Looking Over Portland's Bridges Towards Mt. St. Helens - Hale

    Looking Over Portland's Bridges Towards Mt. St. Helens - c. 1898

    This early view shows three of Portland's bridges across the Willamette, all of which have been replaced since the photo was created in 1898. Learn More
  36. Looking Over Suspension Bridge Towards Oregon City

    Looking Over Suspension Bridge Towards Oregon City - c. 1890

    This detailed view of the old Oregon City Suspension Bridge, built in 1888, is restored from an original glass negative made shortly after the bridge was completed. Learn More
  37. Multnomah Creek Bridge, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Multnomah Creek Bridge, Columbia River Highway - c. 1915

    This photo was taken shortly after the car bridge below Multnomah Falls was completed in 1914. The roadway itself was yet to be paved. Learn More
  38. Multnomah Falls - W. H. Partridge

    Multnomah Falls - c. 1887

    Taken shortly before he moved back to Boston, Partridge captured this view of the falls by stepping back and to the right, giving a different angle than many of the straight-ahead shots of his day. Learn More
  39. Multnomah Falls - Cross & Dimmitt

    Multnomah Falls - c. 1921

    Two bridges can be seen in this hand-colored photo of Multnomah Falls by Cross & Dimmitt - the pedestrian bridge above and the automobile bridge below. Learn More
  40. Multnomah Falls Timber Bridge, before Reinforcements - Davidson

    Multnomah Falls Timber Bridge, before Reinforcements - c. 1883

    The first timber bridge at Multnomah Falls stands unoccupied in this view published by I. G. Davidson shortly after the bridge's completion, in about 1883. Learn More
  41. Multnomah Falls with the Original Timber Bridge - Abell

    Multnomah Falls with the Original Timber Bridge - c. 1885

    This 1880s view of Multnomah Falls shows the timber bow-string foot bridge before it was reinforced in 1891. Learn More
  42. Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - Carleton Watkins

    Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - c. 1883

    One of the first photos Carleton Watkins took during his return to Oregon in 1883 was this view of the then new timber bridge at Multnomah Falls. He numbered it "D3". Learn More
  43. Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - Haynes

    Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - c. 1883

    This image of the log bridge at Multnomah Falls was created about 1883, shortly after it was built. It's the same photo as our item AA0103, but without the vignette shading around the edges. Learn More
  44. Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - Crawford

    Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - c. 1886

    This view by Crawford was created shortly after the timber bridge was constructed - prompted by the arrival of the railroad to the Falls in 1883. Learn More
  45. Mulltnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - Gifford

    Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - c. 1895

    Multnomah Falls, showing its original bowstring-truss timber bridge. Learn More
  46. Navy Ship, with Old Steel Bridge & Union Station - Indahl

    Navy Ship, with Old Steel Bridge & Union Station - c. 1905

    An unidentified U. S. Navy ship rests in the Willamette River, in front of the original Steel Bridge, which had a rotating center span. The ship is of the Montgomery class, thus either the Montgomery, the Detroit or the Marblehead. Learn More
  47. Navy Ships in front of Old Steel Bridge, Portland - Indahl

    Navy Ships in front of Old Steel Bridge, Portland - c. 1905

    Taken upstream from its companion photo (see Related Photos below), this view shows two unidentified Navy ships resting in the waters of the Willamette in Portland. Learn More
  48. Nearly Completed Oregon City Bridge with Scaffolding - Eddy

    Nearly Completed Oregon City Bridge with Scaffolding - 1922

    The scaffolding seen here was built to apply the metal mesh and coating of gunite for the bridge. The steel structure had already been completed. Learn More
  49. New Bridge Across the Sandy River - Davidson

    New Bridge Across the Sandy River - c. 1883

    The new bridge for the O. R. & N. Company, across the Sandy River east of Portland on the way to the Columbia Gorge. Learn More
  50. New Bridge over the Clackamas at Estacada

    New Bridge over the Clackamas at Estacada - 1908

    An almost finished bridge over the Clackamas River at Estacada, with a workman waving his hat from on top. Learn More

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