Hidden Marvel...... National Historic Site
In Washington, United States
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A half mile walk on an old railroad grade to a site on the National Historic Register
Built in 1929 by the American Bridge company, this bridge epitomizes the skills, bravery and nerves of steel men like my husband and those who built this bridge needed to build America.
This bridge is 347 feet above the creek below and 827 feet long with a mid span of 422 feet. Modern cranes were not used in its construction. It was the highest railroad bridge in the US and is privately built and owned by Green Diamond (formerly Simpson Timber Company).
It was abandoned in 1985 when Simpson Timber stopped using rails for logging and removed most of the tracks to their last two camps, Grisdale and Camp Govey which you walked past to get to the bridge.
You do not have to walk on the bridge to get this cache.
There is one steep spot where the old railroad grade was dug down 25 feet to remove a blocked culvert and a couple of other spots where more shallow culverts were removed.. My husband likes to visit this place several times a year and I tag along too for the view. I can make it with congestive heart failure and a total knee replacement so you should be able to make it with a little support for the one steep part.
Last Updated: on 8/23/2014 5:05:41 PM Pacific Daylight Time (12:05 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum