We've seen many photographs of the Columbia River Highway bridge over the Hood River, but this is a copy of an original 1918 blueprint. When this bridge was demolished in 1982 ODOT sent the museum copies of the blueprints and a nice set of photographs of the project. While not a Conde McCullough design, it certainly was an elegant looking structure.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Must have been nice to have a sturdy, concrete structure that didn't wash out with floods, like the previous wooden structures.
L.E. on 15th November 2016 @ 8:59am
I believe the earlier structure also had some steel in it, but it was much too low in the floodplain. This was one of the longest spans on the highway.
Arthur on 15th November 2016 @ 10:18am
Sad this old structure was removed, it would have made a wonderful addition to the walking trails of HR.
Longshot on 15th November 2016 @ 4:13pm
I can't remember...can you still see the remains of the piers from this bridge?
L.E. on 15th November 2016 @ 5:03pm
I think the western abutment was removed to make way for the new bridge, but the new alignment left the eastern abutment intact up behind Tumalum. The piers were entirely removed-- ODOT documented the process.
Arthur on 15th November 2016 @ 7:40pm
Interesting to see at the east end of the bridge that a roadway also went northwards towards the ferry landing.
Longshot on 16th November 2016 @ 7:28am