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Historic Bridges
Hawthorne Bridge, Portland
Hawthorne Bridge, Portland
Welcome to the Historic Bridges of Oregon Web Page, presented by Geo-Environmental Section of the Oregon Department of Transportation. The site offers links to information and photographs of many of the state´s historically significant bridges, including the magnificent coastal bridges designed by Conde B. McCullough in the mid-1930s, a collection of over 50 covered bridges, and structures on America´s premiere historic and scenic route - the old Columbia River Highway. Complete information on Oregon´s historic bridges can be found in Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon (OHS, 1989). The bridge shown above is the Willamette River (Hawthorne) Bridge (1910) in Portland. ODOT has recently completed the construction of a new bridge near the Historic Crooked River Bridge north of Bend in central Oregon. Photographs of the unique construction method used for the new Crooked River Bridge, and of the completed bridge can be accessed here.
A new brochure on Oregon´s magnificent collection of bridges on the Coast Highway has been developed. An online version of the brochure in PDF format (for Acrobat Reader) can be viewed here.
During the summer of 1999, the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) sent a team of four architects, three historians, and a photographer to Portland to perform a full documentation of eleven Willamette River Bridges. Measured drawings, historic narrative reports, and large-format archival photography was completed for each of the structures, and the materials will be become part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Some of the photography has now been scanned, and you can access the images by clicking here or on the link at left for the Portland Bridges. We will be adding information to the photo pages in the near future.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Chris Bell, Historian at (503) 986-3853.
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