First Non-railroad Bridge Across the Willamette - circa 1888


First Non-railroad Bridge Across the Willamette - Myra E. Sperry

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A boy stands on the long ramp leading up to the original Center Street Bridge in Salem, opened in December, 1886, four months before the Morrison Street Bridge in Portland. Unfortunately the bridge had a very short life. It collapsed on February 3, 1890, during severe flooding along the Willamette River.

The second Center Street Bridge faired somwhat better. Built in 1891, its steel structure was soon deemed unsafe, but it lasted until 1918. The third bridge, opened that same year, is still in use today.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1273
Photographer Myra E. Sperry
Location Salem, Marion County
Subject Bridges and Trestles
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Boudoir Card
Size of Original 4.7 x 7.3 inches
Photographer's Number No