It wasn’t until 1908 that the first railroad bridge crossed the Columbia, and it would be another eight years before the first automobile bridge was completed. We enjoy sitting on the bank listening to the bridge panels go "click, clack" as vehicles drive across. Looking much like my childhood Erector Set it spans the Columbia River Gorge at one of its narrower points. This two-lane bridge, known as the Interstate Bridge, was originally built in 1917. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-01-10; External links It preceded the nearby Interstate Bridge by almost nine years.
The 3,531-foot-long bridge stretches from Hayden Island in Portland to near the foot of Washington Street in Vancouver. A ferry carried cars and locomotives across the Columbia River between Goble and Kalama until June 25, 1908, when massive new bridges opened across the Columbia and Willamette Rivers to link Vancouver, Washington and Portland. On February 14, 1917, the Interstate Bridge opens across the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington.

Columbia River History. Construction has taken less than two years, and the entire project is completed with money to spare from its $1.75 million budget. This is also the location of the junction of the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad and its branch south into Sherman County, Oregon. The Columbia River Railroad Bridge, about a mile West of the Interstate Bridge, is owned and operated by BNSF Railway. US Army Corps of Engineers.
The bridge is one of the first across the Columbia River and gives a glimpse back in time to engineering practices of the day. Completed in 1908, it was the first bridge of any kind to be built across the lower Columbia River. The same RR bridge remains in use today. Northwest Power and Conservation Council "Appendix C. Pertinent Data on Selected Projects" (PDF). Biggs and Biggs Junction, Oregon, are located at the south end of the Sam Hill Memorial Bridge, on the south bank of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 208, where Interstate 84 (U.S. 30) and U.S. 97 meet. Columbia River Water Management Report, Water Year 2001. In 1958, a second, twin bridge was built right next to it, which is now the southbound route over the Columbia.