High Steel Bridge

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High Steel Bridge
High Steel Bridge, Shelton.jpg
High Steel Bridge
Carries Passenger vehicles and logging trucks
Crosses South fork, Skokomish River
Locale Mason County, Washington
Official name Forest Service Road 2202
Maintained by United States Forest Service
Design Truss arch
Material Steel
Total length 685 ft (209 m)[1]
Height 375 ft (114 m)[1]
Designer American Bridge Co.


High Steel Bridge is located in Washington (state)
High Steel Bridge
Location Shelton, WA
Coordinates 47°22′05″N 123°16′47″W / 47.3680°N 123.2798°W / 47.3680; -123.2798Coordinates: 47°22′05″N 123°16′47″W / 47.3680°N 123.2798°W / 47.3680; -123.2798
MPS Historic Bridges/Tunnels in Washington State TR
NRHP Reference # 82004265 [1] This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
Added to NRHP July 16, 1982

High Steel Bridge is a truss arch bridge that spans the south fork of the Skokomish River on Forest Service road #2202 near the city of Shelton, Washington in Mason County, Washington. The High Steel Bridge was the second of two large steel arches to be erected by the Simpson Logging Company on Forest Service land in 1929. These bridges carried a single railroad track across formidable chasms opening up expansive tracts of previously inaccessible timber on the Olympic Peninsula.[1]

The High Steel Bridge's 685 ft (209 m) steel riveted webbed arch rises 375 ft (114 m) above the Skokomish River's South Fork, placing it among the top twenty highest bridges in the United States. The building materials—which included a considerable amount of concrete for the footings, lumber for the decking, concrete forms, and railings, and 750 tons of steel—were hauled by rail across the recently completed Vance Creek Bridge.[1]

The American Bridge Company, a subsidiary of the U.S. Steel Products Company at the time of construction, was the contractor for the $131,000 structure. The Simpson Logging Company spent an additional $100,000 in lumber in the construction of the bridge. The total cost of the bridge was paid from the proceeds of timber subsequently hauled across it.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.