10 fun facts about the #SteelBridge in #Portland. @bloomingrock

10 fun facts about the #SteelBridge in #Portland. @bloomingrock

The Steel Bridge is my favorite bridge in Portland. Did you know that it was built to make it easier for the railroad to get across the Willamette River? Did you know there was a first version of the Steel Bridge built about 20 years before the one we see today? Did you know that the original bridge was the first on the West Coast to use steel for its primary structure? Here are 10 fun facts about the making of the Steel Bridge we know and love today: 1. Before the Steel Bridge was constructed, crossing the Willamette River into downtown Portland was a terrible hassle for train passengers. People used the R.R. Thompson steamboat to cross the river and then hopped back on the train on the other side of the river. The July 4, 1886 Morning Oregonian reported that “the transfer across the river is a tedious process, involving delays and hazards innumerable. Every traveler who ...

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