Wilson River Bridge

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Wilson River Bridge No. 01499
Wilson River Bridge Oregon.jpg
Bridge in 1990
Nearest city US 101 – Tillamook
Coordinates 45°28′42″N 123°50′40″W / 45.478284°N 123.844503°W / 45.478284; -123.844503Coordinates: 45°28′42″N 123°50′40″W / 45.478284°N 123.844503°W / 45.478284; -123.844503
Area 0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built 1931
Architect Conde B. McCullough; Clackamas Construction Co.
Architectural style Classical Revival, Art Deco
MPS McCullough, C.B., Major Oregon Coast Highway Bridges MPS
NRHP Reference # 05000825[1]
Added to NRHP August 5, 2005

Wilson River Bridge, also known as Wilson River Bridge at Tillamook or Wilson River Bridge No. 01499, is a bridge near Tillamook, Oregon, United States. The 1931 bridge was designed by Conde McCullough in the Classical Revival and Art Deco styles.[1] It covers a span of 180 feet and brings coastal U.S. Route 101 (US 101) over the Wilson River.

According to the Historic American Bridges Survey description:

The Wilson River Bridge at Tillamook is the first reinforced-concrete tied-arch span built in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. In the 1910s, its designer, Conde B. McCullough, worked for the Des Moines, Iowa bridge firm, the Marsh Engineering Company. Its founder James B. Marsh created a patented "rainbow arch" reinforced-concrete bridge, in 1912, which he built all through the states of Kansas and Iowa in the early twentieth century. The success of the Marsh version of the reinforced-concrete tied-arch, using angle steel and concrete, may have influenced C.B. McCullough in his decision to use this form at the Wilson River and shortly thereafter, nearly identical structures over Ten Mile Creek and Big Creek in Lane County, Oregon. McCullough differed from Marsh in that he used reinforcing bar instead of steel plate in his arches. He also created the first reinforced-concrete tied-arch bridges in the Pacific Northwest, the region of the United States that includes western Montana, northern Idaho, Washington and Oregon.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Robert W. Hadlow and Lola Bennett (1992). "Wilson River Bridge, HAER OR-39". Historic American Engineering Record. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

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