Bridge of the Gods (modern structure)

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Bridge of the Gods
Crosses Columbia River
Locale Cascade Locks, Oregon / Skamania County, Washington
Maintained by Port of Cascade Locks
Design Cantilever through truss
Total length 1,856 ft (565 m)
Longest span 706 ft (215 m)
Clearance below 140 feet (43 m)[1]
Opened 1926
Coordinates 45°39′45″N 121°54′05″W / 45.662424°N 121.901276°W / 45.662424; -121.901276 (Bridge of the Gods)Coordinates: 45°39′45″N 121°54′05″W / 45.662424°N 121.901276°W / 45.662424; -121.901276 (Bridge of the Gods)
Bridge of the Gods (modern structure) is located in Oregon
Bridge of the Gods (modern structure)

The Bridge of the Gods is a steel truss cantilever bridge that spans the Columbia River between Cascade Locks, Oregon and Washington state near North Bonneville. It is approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Portland, Oregon and 4 miles (6.4 km) upriver from the Bonneville Dam. It currently serves as a toll bridge operated by the Port of Cascade Locks.

In 1920, the US War Department issued a construction permit for the bridge to the Interstate Construction Corporation. By 1925, the company had managed only to construct one pier. The Wauna Toll Bridge Company of Walla Walla, Washington purchased Interstate’s interest in the bridge in October 1926 at a cost of $602,077.[2]

The bridge was completed by Wauna Toll Bridge Company and opened in 1926 at a length of 1,127 feet (343 m). The higher river levels resulting from the construction of the Bonneville Dam required the bridge to be further elevated in 1940 and extended to its current length of 1,856 feet (565 m). The Columbia River Bridge Company of Spokane, Washington acquired ownership of the bridge in 1953 for $735,000.[3] The Port of Cascade Locks Commission purchased the bridge with $950,000 in revenue bonds, issued on November 1, 1961,[4] and is the current operator of the bridge.

Bridge of the Gods

The bridge is named after the historic geologic feature also known as Bridge of the Gods.

The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Columbia River on the Bridge of the Gods and the lowest elevation of the trail is on this bridge.

Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis[edit]

In September 1927, following Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight in May, Colonel Lindbergh himself flew up the gorge from Portland in his famous Spirit of St. Louis, passing low over the new Bridge of the Gods, banked his plane and in a dramatic show of barnstorming, flew under the bridge and headed back to Swan Island.[5]

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  1. ^ "Bridge of the Gods". Port of Cascade Locks. Retrieved Aug 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bridge of the Gods". Port of Cascade Locks. Retrieved Aug 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bridge of Gods changes hands". The Spokesman-Review. Feb 19, 1953. Retrieved Aug 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bridge of the Gods". Port of Cascade Locks. Retrieved Aug 26, 2013. 

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