Beverly Railroad Bridge

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Beverly Railroad Bridge
Milwaukee Road Bridge, Beverly WA.jpg
Carries trains
Crosses Columbia River
Locale Beverly, Washington
Heritage status NRHP
Design Warren deck trusses, Parker through truss (main span), and deck plate girders (approaches)
Material Steel
Construction end 1909
Beverly Railroad Bridge
Beverly Railroad Bridge is located in Washington (state)
Beverly Railroad Bridge
Location Crosses the Columbia River, Grant / Kittitas counties, Washington
Nearest city Beverly, Washington
Coordinates 46°49′52″N 119°56′54″W / 46.83111°N 119.94833°W / 46.83111; -119.94833Coordinates: 46°49′52″N 119°56′54″W / 46.83111°N 119.94833°W / 46.83111; -119.94833
Built 1909
Architect Pennsylvania Steel Company
Architectural style Warren deck truss, Parker through truss
MPS Historic Bridges/Tunnels in Washington State TR
NRHP Reference # 82004214
Added to NRHP July 16, 1982

The Beverly Railroad Bridge was constructed by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (otherwise known as The Milwaukee Road) in 1909 during its Pacific Extension. In 1906, The Milwaukee Road began construction on its transcontinental rail line from Chicago, Illinois to Tacoma, Washington, which was completed three years later.

The bridge crosses over the Columbia River and was built on concrete piers 85 feet (25.9 m) above the water to provide clearance for any river traffic. The spans include 14 Warren deck trusses, one Parker through truss, and deck plate girders on the approaches.[1] When the railroad electrified in the 1920s, supports for the catenary were added to the bridge.

When the railroad ceased using electric locomotives in 1972, the catenary was removed, the supports were kept in place.

After the railroad went bankrupt in the mid-1970s and abandoned its lines in the Pacific Northwest in 1980, the bridge and adjoining right-of-way were taken over by the State of Washington in lieu of back taxes owed by the railroad.

The bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 because of its association with The Milwaukee Road.[2]

The bridge is on the route of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, which follows the Milwaukee Road right-of-way through Washington State, but due to the poor condition of the bridge,[3] access is currently blocked by a fence.[4]


  1. ^ Lisa Soderberg, Beverly Railroad Bridge, HAER Inventory, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1979.
  2. ^ Lisa Soderberg, Historic Bridges and Tunnels in Washington State Thematic Resources, National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form, 1982.
  3. ^ "John Wayne Pioneer Trail (Milwaukee Road Corridor)". Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Crossing Washington On The JWPT - Day 4". Retrieved 2014-10-12.