Purdy Bridge

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Purdy Bridge
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Purdy Bridge is located in Washington (state)
Purdy Bridge
Location Purdy, Washington
Coordinates 47°23′02″N 122°37′41″W / 47.38389°N 122.62806°W / 47.38389; -122.62806Coordinates: 47°23′02″N 122°37′41″W / 47.38389°N 122.62806°W / 47.38389; -122.62806
Built 1936
Architect Craft, W.H.
Architectural style Other
MPS Historic Bridges/Tunnels in Washington State TR
NRHP reference #


Added to NRHP July 16, 1982

The Purdy Bridge is a continuous hollow-box girder bridge that spans 550 feet (170 m) (with a central span of 190 feet (58 m)) between Henderson Bay, Washington and Burley Lagoon, connecting Purdy, Washington with the Purdy Sand Spit Park and Wauna, Washington. It was built on September 29, 1937,[2] and at the time was the longest continuous box girder bridge in the US, at a cost of $62,000 from a design by Homer M. Hadley.[3] At the time it was built, Purdy Bridge was the first bridge in the United States to utilize a reinforced-concrete box girder design.[4]

The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

See also[edit]

List of Registered Historic Places in Washington


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&File_Id=7133
  3. ^ Holstine 2005, pp. 219–220
  4. ^ Slater p.102


  • Holstine, Craig; Hobbs, Richard (2005). Spanning Washington: Historic Highway Bridges of the Evergreen State, Washington State University Press, ISBN 0-87422-281-8.
  • Slater, Colleen A. (2007). The Key Peninsula, Arcadia Publishing.