This bridge is a great example of a bridge influenced by famous engineer Conde McCullough who insisted on producing nothing but bridges with the finest in aesthetic qualities. This bridge exemplifies this commitment to beauty. It is a relatively small bridge in a small community yet it has the aesthetic detailing that would be expected of a large urban bridge. The bridge has true aesthetics meaning the beauty seen in the bridge comes from careful design of the functional parts of the bridge to make them inherently beautiful as opposed to adding superficial decorations to an otherwise ugly bridge.
Information and Findings From Oregon's Historic Bridge Inventory
General Description of Columbia River Highway
The building of the Columbia River Highway was the first concerted highway building effort of the newly created Oregon State Highway Commission in cooperation with the counties through which it passed. Championed by a number of notable Oregonian's, including Simon Benson, John B. Yeon, Samuel Hill, Julius Meier and Rufus Holman, they promoted the highway as both an important link between the east and west of Oregon and as a scenic route, showing off the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. In order to match the scenic qualities of the Gorge and meet the most modern highway standards of the day, the many bridges required along the route were designed to be both graceful and strong. To accomplish this at each site, the engineers created a wide variety of bridge types, including many concrete deck arches, often designed to be viewed from pedestrian lookouts. Together, the 25 bridges and viaducts stretching across three counties comprise one of the best collections of reinforced concrete structures in America. The bridges in Wasco County were among the last to be built and show many of the characteristic features of McCullough designs.
Description of Bridge
One 110-ft open-spandrel rib-type reinforced concrete deck arch built by Lindstrom and Feigenson, Contractors
C.B. McCullough (State Bridge Engineer), L.W. Metzger (Design Engineer)
Character Defining Features
Location on historic Columbia River Highway, Decorative features and railings, Structure type.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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