The Librarians’ Bridge

120914bridge_1If any of you in the US watched the kick off of the new series “The Librarians” on the TNT network the other evening, the bridge under which the Annex resides is the St. John’s bridge in Portland, Oregon.

When Cee told me that today’s Fun Foto Challenge was about bridges, I thought I’d respond with this beautiful structure.  Here are a couple of pictures we took from a boat going under the bridge.  We put this site back on our list of future photo shoots because this beauty deserves a better capture than the quick ones you can take from a moving tour boat.  The last picture is an historical one from after the bridge’s opening in 1931.

120914bridgeAccording to PDX History:

“With 40-story tall Gothic Cathedral Spires and graceful arches, the 7,360-ton steel St. Johns Bridge, which spans the Willamette River, was almost lost. Opened in 1931, it is the largest and most significant suspension bridge in Oregon. After years of neglect and deferred maintenance, engineers discovered that chunks of the concrete roadway and walkway were breaking off and falling 205 feet to the river below.

The St. Johns Bridge is 3,834 long, not including the approaches, the main span is 1,207 feet long and the side spans are 430 feet long. The Gothic towers stand 409 feet above the water. Construction began on Sept. 3, 1929 and it opened on June 13, 1931 with a total construction bond of $4.2 million. When it was completed, it was the longest suspension bridge west of Detroit.”



9 thoughts on “The Librarians’ Bridge

  1. Coolness! I am a compulsive looker-upper and was wondering which bridge this was– I’m currently sitting here on Christmas night in a roomful of people, most of which are seeing it for the first time. So thanks!

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