First Steel Bridge, Portland, Under Construction - 1888


First Steel Bridge, Portland, Under Construction - Bertram C. Towne

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This is the first Steel Bridge, after the lower deck was functional but before the upper deck was completed. This was the first railroad bridge across the Willamette in Portand. We're on the east end looking west. Like the current Steel Bridge, the first version carried railroad traffic on the lower level and pedestrians and carriages on the top level. One difference is that the first bridge was a swing-span bridge, while the current one is a lift bridge.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA1004
Photographer Bertram C. Towne
Location Portland, Multnomah County
Subject Bridges and Trestles, Trains, Railroads, Streetcars
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Stereoview Panel
Size of Original 2.9 x 3.8 inches
Photographer's Number Number 108