The 1888 wooden NP bridge built here was the first bridge across the Columbia River. It had a swing span. To accommodate the S-Class locomotives, wood was replaced by steel in 1905. "A vertical lift draw span replaced the swing span in 1954 when completion of McNary Dam opened the river to barge traffic as far upstream as Richland." [Richard Doody via Bridge Hunter]
[Over the second truss from the left, you can see a crane in Lampson's test yard.]
|HL Mencken posted|
Northern Pacific Railway, Pasco, Washington, 1925, reinforcing Bridge 1, crossing of the Columbia River.
|Steven J. Brown posted|
Southern Pacific 4449 is on her way home to Portland after attending Washington Central's Steamfest in Yakima. She spent the night in Kennewick and has just crossed the Columbia River to use the wye to get pointed the right direction at Pasco, Washington - November 19, 1989.
Scott Lewis posted five photos.