Monday, October 20, 2008

Oct 20, 2008 - Conde B. McCullough Bridges

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One thing I wanted to do this trip is get pictures of all the bridges along the Oregon coast that were designed by Conde B. McCullough. We saw 7 bridges today and 5 of them are on listed on the National Register. We arrived at the coast in Florence, so our first McCullough Bridge was the Suislaw River Bridge (top) built in 1936.

Thirteen miles north of Florence we crossed the Cape Creek Bridge(upper right) built in 1932. There's a little road that leads from Hiway 101 down to a little beach where we could see the bridge. We could also see the Heceta Head Lighthouse and Inn from that beach. A few years ago Candleman and I found a live crab in one of the tidepools here; no tidepools today as we arrived at high tide so instead we were treated to magnificent waves.
We missed Big Creek Bridge. Were we just not paying attention or did we decide to not stop? I can't remember. The Tenmile Creek Bridge (left) was hard to get a picture of because of all the growth around it, but we did find one little space. Whoops! we missed Cummins Bridge, too.

We did get a couple of pictures (through the windshield) of the Alsea Bridge (right) that joins Waldport and Alsea. This bridge was rebuilt in 1991, but it contains the arch from the original bridge engineered by McCullough.

As the sun was coloring the clouds with restful shades of pink, blue, lavender and orange we stopped on the south side of the Yaquina Bay Bridge (bottom right) for some pictures. This bridge in Newport was built in 1936. It's one of the easiest for me to recognize; maybe because I've taken so many pictures of it.

The last picture is just too beautiful to leave out. I took it from the back seat as we drove over the bridge and off into the sunset. Actually, we headed to the Sylvia Hotel were we were going to have dinner and stay the night.

1 comment:

Ben said...

These are great. I love bridges.