First Crossings of the Columbia

The Columbia River Bridge in Wenatchee is the "first automobile crossing of the Columbia in the US," completed in 1908. All those qualifiers betray a bit of history:
  • In 1886 a rail bridge was erected by the CPR at First Crossing, BC
  • The first US rail bridge across the Columbia was opened at Pasco, WA in December 1887. It was immediately damaged by river ice, and wasn't permanently repaired until 1888.
  • There were multiple automobile crossings in BC prior to 1900
It's now a lovely pedestrian trail, and also carries a pipeline.


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