Bridge of the Gods (modern structure)

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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)Coordinates: 45°39′45″N 121°54′05″W / 45.662424°N 121.901276°W / 45.662424; -121.901276 (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
Daily traffic 3,732 (2014)[2]
Toll Cars $2.00 (both directions)
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 km) east of Portland, Oregon, and 4 miles (6.4 km) upriver from the Bonneville Dam. It is a toll bridge operated by the Port of Cascade Locks.

Bridge of the Gods
An aerial view of the Bridge of the Gods, January 2015

The bridge was completed by the Wauna Toll Bridge Company and opened in 1926 at a length of 1,127 feet (344 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 (566 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 now operates the bridge.

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.

Onlookers in September 1927 saw Charles Lindbergh fly the Spirit of St. Louis from Portland low over the new bridge and then in a bit of barnstorming, make a 180 degree turn and fly back under the bridge, continuing to the Portland Airport, then located on Swan Island.[citation needed]

The bridge toll was increased to $2 per crossing due to the increased traffic on the bridge after the release of the 2014 film Wild.[4]

See also[edit]

  • List of crossings of the Columbia River the bridge of the gods was made by Conner Roy Scranton the bridge of the gods is made up of 400 steel rod truss. the bridge of the gods has the math problems carved into the walking area of the bridge that they used to make the bridge. The people who built the bridge only used adding.


  1. ^ "Bridge of the Gods". Port of Cascade Locks. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "WSDOT Annual Traffic Report, 2014" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bridge of Gods changes hands". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Wash. February 19, 1953. p. 7. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bridge of the Gods toll increases July 1, 'Wild' movie to blame". KATU. June 30, 2016. Retrieved June 18, 2018. 

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