History

Meet the Railroad Bridge

The original Railroad Bridge was the longest bridge of its kind in the world. (📸: Library of Congress) WHAT: The Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge, built in 1908 and rebuilt in 1989 FUN FACT: The original Railroad Bridge swung open around a central “pedestal” — and ships had a heck of a time avoiding it. The worst collision happened […]

/ October 12, 2018


Portland Loves Its Bridges. Here’s What Makes Them Special.

These are the most unique, fun facts we learned about each of Portland’s iconic 12 bridges.

/ October 11, 2018


Meet the Ross Island Bridge

The Ross Island is the busiest non-interstate bridge in Portland — and one of the worst to get caught on during rush hour.

/ October 11, 2018


Meet the Burnside Bridge

The Burnside Bridge was the first Willamette River bridge in Portland to be designed with the help of an architect.

/ October 11, 2018


Meet the Hawthorne Bridge

Did you know an epic chase scene in a Benicio Del Toro movie involved his character jumping off the Hawthorne Bridge into the Willamette River?

/ October 11, 2018


Meet the Steel Bridge

Every year tons of bicyclists cross this bridge, which is also known as the last operational “telescoping vertical-lift bridge” in the U.S.

/ October 11, 2018


Meet the Sellwood Bridge

The Sellwood Bridge was hastily constructed in less than a year, and before it was rebuilt in 2016, it was one of the most structurally unsound bridges in the country.

/ October 11, 2018


Meet Tilikum Crossing

Tilikum Crossing is the first major bridge in the country for cyclists, pedestrians, and public transit but not cars. Tilikum roughly translates to “Bridge of the People.”

/ October 11, 2018


Meet the Broadway Bridge

The Broadway bridge is only one of three Rall-bascule bridges left in the entire country. Here’s why that makes this bridge special.

/ October 11, 2018


Meet the Morrison Bridge

When the original Morrison Bridge opened in 1887, it was the city’s first span across the Willamette River and the longest bridge west of the Mississippi.

/ October 11, 2018