2019 Update: Local news media reported on the history of this bridge: The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the first bridge near Kootenai Falls in the 1930s to aid firefighters trying to access the north side of the river. The original bridge was destroyed in a flood in 1948 and a new one was constructed three years later in 1951. The bridge has since been rehabilitated three times, in 1968, 1993 and 2016.
This bridge is in the Kootenai Falls park. The history of this bridge is not certain. However the concrete towers that support the bridge have the look of older concrete, suggesting this bridge has been here for a while. Unfortunately, the towers appear to be the only thing from the original bridge, and perhaps the eyebars for the anchorage. Everything else is much newer. The walkway is extremely narrow even for a foot bridge. Two people can barely pass by on the bridge. The bridge is a "swinging" bridge, meaning there is no stiffening in the superstructure and the bridge walkway moves a lot as people cross the bridge. Some visitors find this experience enjoyable, other people find it scary.
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