Rock Island Railroad Bridge (Columbia River)

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Rock Island Railroad Bridge
Rock Island RR Bridge.jpg
Coordinates 47°22′02″N 120°09′07″W / 47.3672°N 120.152°W / 47.3672; -120.152Coordinates: 47°22′02″N 120°09′07″W / 47.3672°N 120.152°W / 47.3672; -120.152
Carries1 railroad track
CrossesColumbia River
LocaleRock Island, WA
Maintained byBNSF Railway
DesignTruss bridge
Total length875 feet (267 m)
Longest span416.5 feet (127 m)
Daily trafficfreight
Rock Island Railroad Bridge
Rock Island Railroad Bridge (Columbia River) is located in Washington (state)
Rock Island Railroad Bridge (Columbia River)
LocationSpans Columbia River about 0.7 miles (1.1 km) southwest of Rock Island
Nearest cityRock Island, Washington
Coordinates47°22′01″N 120°09′14″W / 47.36701°N 120.1538°W / 47.36701; -120.1538Coordinates: 47°22′01″N 120°09′14″W / 47.36701°N 120.1538°W / 47.36701; -120.1538
Area1 acre (0.4 ha)
ArchitectEdge Moor Bridge Works
Architectural stylefixed span through truss br.
MPSHistoric Bridges/Tunnels in Washington State TR (AD)
NRHP reference #75001842[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 30, 1975

The Rock Island Railroad Bridge is BNSF Railway's bridge across the Columbia River, at Rock Island, Washington. The structure consists of one through truss, one deck truss, and an approach trestle.


The bridge was originally built in 1892 for the Great Northern Railway and was the first bridge to span the Columbia River. The site was chosen at Rock Island, Washington for being the shortest distance between the banks of the Columbia River in Washington State. In 1925, it was decided to strengthen the main span in anticipation of increased traffic and heavier trains by reinforcing the structure with an additional outside truss frame.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Nomination Form for Rock Island Railroad Bridge". National Park Service. and accompanying pictures