The Oregon Trunk Railroad Bridge

The Oregon Trunk Railroad Bridge (HM1IZ4)

Location: Terrebonne, OR 97760 Deschutes County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 23.464', W 121° 11.718'

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The Oregon Trunk Railway Bridge, constructed in 1911, was the first structure to cross this spectacular gorge. Prior to construction the only crossing of the Crooked River in this region was located about a mile upstream, where the canyon's sheer basalt walls begin tapering gradually into the surrounding landscape.

In the early 1900's, railroad tycoons James J. Hill of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SP&S) and Edward Harriman of the Union Pacific began a fierce battle to open central Oregon rail traffic. This battle, one of the greatest in railroad history, played out in the courts, where the SP&S triumphed. In the field, however, where night raids, dynamite, gunfire and fistfights were common, neither railroad triumphed. The Oregon Trunk Railway, a subsidiary of the SP&S, ran from Celilo Falls on the Columbia to Bend - James Hill was on hand in Bend on October 5, 1911 to drive a "Golden Spike" celebrating the line's official opening.
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Date Added Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 643737 N 4916893
Decimal Degrees44.39106667, -121.19530000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 23.464', W 121° 11.718'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 23' 27.84" N, 121° 11' 43.08" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12898 NW Wimp Way, Terrebonne OR 97760, US
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