Our study of Portland’s Bridges begins!

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ENJOY THIS VIDEO OF THE PORTLAND BRIDGES!

As we prepare for our 2 field experiences this week showcasing the history of Portland’s bridges, let’s look at a brief introduction to these incredible bridges.

The Hawthorne Bridge is the oldest bridge in Portland, built in 1910. Did you also know that it is the oldest vertical lift bridge in the entire country? The Steel Bridge was built in 1912. It’s the 2nd oldest vertical lift bridge in the United States. The Broadway Bridge opened in 1913 and is known for being the largest Rall Bascule bridge in the world.  It’s also red in color!

The Fremont Bridge is a newer bridge in Portland, built in 1973. It’s also the longest bridge in Portland. The Marquam Bridge was built in 1966 and  is a very busy bridge. It is a double-deck, steel-truss cantilever bridge. The Morrison Bridge was built in 1887 and by 1958 changed from a wooden truss style to a swing bridge and then to a drawbridge.

How about the Burnside Bridge?, It was built in 1926 and is another draw bridge. The architect of this bridge, Joseph Straus, built the Golden Gate Bridge! The St John’s Bridge was built in 1931 and is a suspension bridge. It’s exciting to look at the beautiful arches of this bridge. The Ross Island Bridge opened in 1926 and is a cantilever truss bridge.  The Interstate Bridge  was built in 1917-1918. It carries traffic over the Columbia river between Portland and Vancouver.

The Tilikum Crossing bridge opened in September, 2015. It is a cable-stayed, suspension bridge.  This special Portland bridge carries the  Tri-Met orange line,  streetcars, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The original Sellwood Bridge opened in 1925 and was a two-lane truss bridge. However, it was just rebuilt and is now a deck arch bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland.  This current bridge just opened in 2016 and is our newest bridge!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PORTLAND BRIDGE?

13 thoughts on “Our study of Portland’s Bridges begins!

  1. Dear mrs. Fordyce, my favorite bridge is the Sellwood bridge. The Sellwood bridge is my favorite because, my mom goes on there almost every day, and when I go on that bridge I see down town and Mount Hood both from beautiful views, and I think I will have a fun time learning about the Sellwood bridge.

  2. Dear Mrs. Fordyce,
    I’m so excited to learn about bridge’s. My favorite bridge is the Tillacum crossing. I think we are going to have a good year.

  3. Dear Mrs. Fordyce,
    My Favorite Bridge is The Morrison, There are so many ways it goes.
    I wonder how long it would take to build all of that. That will be my question when we go explore the bridges.
    From
    Cade

  4. Dear Mrs. Fordyce,
    Me and my family loved the Portland bridges video.
    Even my brother watched it with me and my mom.
    I can not even wait to go on the three trips.
    My mom is going to the one where we go to Bonneville power dam.
    Because she works there.
    I am thinking on studying the Sellwood bridge
    From
    Emmie

  5. Dear Ms. Fordyce,
    My favorite bridge is the Tillicum Crossing bridge. It’s my favorite because it is only for people and trains.I am excited to see it on our jet bout field trip.
    Love,
    Henry

  6. Dear Mrs. Fordyce,
    My favorite bridge is the Tilikum Crossing bridge. I am so excited to go on the jet boat field trip. I am so excited that we are learning about bridges this year. I am also excited it is our first year that we have little buddies.
    From,
    Molly

  7. Dear Mrs. Fordyce and Ranchers,
    I am so excited for the field trip tomorrow! My sister Payton studied the Fremont Bridge. That is the bridge that has the American flag on top. I can’t wait to go on the jet boat field trip! What is your favorite bridge?
    See you tomorrow!
    Sage😀😜

  8. Dear Mrs. Fordyce, The field today was fun! My favorite part was the drawbridge opening and the steel bridge opening too. I am going to make a model of the steel bridge made out of Legos.
    Wishing you the best, Justin

  9. dear mrs. Fordyce.
    I am so excited for the walk around Portland and I have a new
    baby cousin born on Monday and she is a Girl.
    I do not now her name yet.

    from Ryan.

  10. Dear Mrs. Fordyce,
    The Hawthorne Bridge was my favorite bridge. I also liked the Steel Bridge. I also enjoyed the sky tram ride. We saw a couple of bridges on the way down. Nathan was a fun guide. He was very knowledgeable.
    From,
    Griffin

  11. Dear Mrs. Fordyce,
    I think the Hawthorne Bridge is my favorite bridge. I also like the Steel Bridge. I enjoyed the sky tram ride. We saw a couple of bridges on our way down. Nathan was a fun guide. He was very knowledgeable.
    From,
    Griffin

  12. I already love bridges and it has only been 4 weeks so that’s why I think this year I will know everything about bridges.🌉

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