This closeup show the Hood River White Salmon Bridge before it was modified to accommodate the Bonneville Pool in 1937. Note the wooden approach supports and the lack of a lift span.
Compare this view with this later view during the flood of 1948.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
What I noticed first was the lack of structures on the bluff across the way. Not much traffic, just one loan car. Would be interesting to see how many vehicles went over per day. Was it a toll bridge in those days?
charlott on 31st July 2013 @ 7:04am
I am guessing this is also a spring, high water photo.
What a time saving luxury this bridge must have been.
Do you think horses and wagons used the bridge after it was first built?
l.e. on 31st July 2013 @ 7:14am
Wonder what the original decking material was? Wood?
longshot on 31st July 2013 @ 4:15pm
There's a good picture of the original wood decking here:
Arthur on 31st July 2013 @ 4:18pm
Thanks for the correct title- I've always wondered why the present bridge sign at the HR Port toll booth make no mention of White Salmon- especially since the bridge is within lower portion of the CIty of White Salmon and that is where one ends up once you've crossed the bridge. Seems odd...
Anyone know of more info or details ?
steve on 31st July 2013 @ 7:50pm
Interesting that there was a ladder down to the water.
Rawhyde on 31st July 2013 @ 9:38pm
I recall the decking to be "fish plates", a metal plate over a wooden deck that went clicka-ty-clack rather than signing like today.
Bill P. on 1st October 2013 @ 8:51pm