Nutty Narrows Bridge

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Nutty Narrows Bridge
Squirrel Bridge 0002.jpg
Coordinates 46°08′29″N 122°56′26″W / 46.141469°N 122.940494°W / 46.141469; -122.940494Coordinates: 46°08′29″N 122°56′26″W / 46.141469°N 122.940494°W / 46.141469; -122.940494
Carries Squirrels
Crosses Olympia Way
Locale Longview, WA
Characteristics
Design Stressed ribbon bridge in imitation of a Suspension Bridge
Material fire hose and unknown metals
Total length 60 feet
History
Designer Amos Peters, Robert Newhall, and LeRoy Dahl
Constructed by Amos Peters
Construction end 1963[1]
Opened 1963
Nutty Narrows Bridge
Location Longview, Washington, spanning Olympia Way between 18th Avenue and Maple Street
NRHP Reference # 14000500
Added to NRHP August 18, 2014

The Nutty Narrows Bridge is a squirrel bridge in Longview, Washington. It has the title of the "World's Narrowest Bridge" and also the "World's Narrowest Animal Crossing."[citation needed] The Nutty Narrows was named by a local councilwoman after the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.[2]

History[edit]

Before the bridge was built, squirrels had to avoid speeding traffic by running across the street to eat a nutty feast at an office building and back again to a park with large trees.[1]

On March 19, 1963, Amos Peters, after seeing many squirrels being flattened, decided to protect squirrels and give them a way to cross a busy thoroughfare without getting killed by passing cars. The original sky-bridge was built over Olympia Way near the Civic Center in downtown Longview.

A close-up of the bridge deck with sign

Designed to look like a mini-suspension bridge, the 60-foot-long (18 m) span and made of an aluminum piping covered with a retired firehose to create the roadway. The total cost for the bridge was $1000.

In 1983, Peters took down the bridge for repairs. Crosspieces were replaced and the faded sign was repainted. Upon its completion, the bridge was re-dedicated with special guests Chip 'n' Dale and Mickey Mouse from Disneyland. Also in attendance were 300 children and local dignitaries.[3]

Upon Peters' death in 1984, a ten-foot wooden squirrel sculpture was placed near the bridge in his memory.

Today[edit]

The anchor trees supporting the bridge were growing old and beginning to rot; so in 2007, the bridge was moved 100 yards east, connecting R.A. Long Park at the Civic Center to the Longview Public Library over Olympia Way.[3] It was moved again in 2010, after it was determined to be a traffic hazard. Its current location is now "three trees from its original spot over Olympia Way".[4] On July 25, 2013 the Longview City Council voted to place the Nutty Narrows Bridge on the Longview Register of Historic Places.[5] It is also listed on the Washington Heritage Register, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.[6] Two more bridges have been added to keep the squirrels safe. One is on Kessler Blvd. and the other is on Nichols Blvd. The local Sandbaggers[who?] plan to add to this number yearly.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Nutty Narrows Bridge - City of Longview". Archived from the original on April 13, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kelso / Longview Washington". Archived from the original on September 26, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Nutty Narrows Bridge opens in Longview on March 19, 1963.". August 16, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ A History of the Nutty Narrows; The Daily News, June 5, 2011, pg A4
  5. ^ City Council minutes of July 25, 2013.
  6. ^ National Park Service (November 28, 2014), Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 11/17/14 through 11/21/14, retrieved November 26, 2014 .