17 thoughts on “Vista Bridge, 1927

  1. Many cool features seen in the distance on the right side of today’s photo that are still around.

  2. In the mid 60’s I was staying at the Campbell Hill Hotel on w Burnside and 22nd st. My short cut route from there to 41st and SE Woodstock included going up SW Vista and crossing on the Vista Bridge and going up nearly to the top before turning to the left and going back down on SW Broadway Drive to eventually get to cross the Willamette on the Ross Island Bridge. It sure beat any other way for speed back then before all the Interstates and bridges came into play later.

  3. The upper south end of the bridge intersects with SW Market Street Drive which runs east-west. This was a portion of the route of the famous plank road that was built from Portland to the Tualatin Valley to access the valleys produce to load on to ships on the Willamette. The road is largely responsible for the Portland Harbor being located where it is as the most direct route to the Valley The plank road crossed over the west hills along what is today canyon road to HWY 26. Remnants of the plank road were destroyed when SW Jefferson was punched through the hillside at Goode Hollow to connect Jefferson with HWY 26.

  4. During my sophomore year in HS, (Columbia Prep) I caught the Council Crest bus at Broadway and Morrison in front of Tommy Luke Florist and rode over the bridge, up Vista to St. Thomas More Church. From there the HS bus (a real beater) took us to the campus down on SW Shattuck Rd. Many vivid memories of the Vista Bridge and
    Avenue.

  5. Oregonian January 1, 1927
    Vista Bridge Completed—– The outstanding bridge project carried on by the city the past year was the construction of the Vista ave. viaduct at a cost of $197,000 to replace the steel bridge that had carried traffic to Portland heights for more than 20 years. This bridge was dedicated December 6 and with it’s approaches is 575 feet long. It is reinforced concrete, with the main central arch rising 100 feet above Jefferson street canyon and stretching across that canyon for 250 feet. The roadway is 38 feet wide, with sidewalks of varying widths.

    Oregonian April 16, 1927
    Vista Levies Protested—– Four more protest against the assessments for the $200,000 Vista ave. viaduct were filed with the city auditor Funk yesterday, two of then declaring the cost is much more than they were told it would be when they consented to it in the first place. Margaret H Gardner said that she had been told the cost for her lot would be $5, whereas the assessment shows it to be $15.. She said that she could not understand how the cost should be increased three fold.

    The cost of the Vista Viaduct was to be paid by 4,700 property owners, with the city and the streetcar company each paying 25 percent of the cost. A story in the Oregon Journal indicate “Frills” increased the bridge cost.

  6. In the 1950s we used to cross this picturesque bridge all the time as a shortcut to get from SW Portland to Montgomery Ward or the ball park (NW Vaughn St.).

  7. Not sure when they installed the high-curved fencing but one of the main reasons of course was to prevent those from taking the plunge. Through out the years there were quite a few. So sad.

  8. George Oregonlive had a story in 2019 that stated that the 9 foot high suicide barrier went up in 2013 and since it was installed there had been no suicides, but from 2008 – 2012 there was a average 2 suicides per year.

  9. that fence was suppose to have been replaced by other deterrent methods by now, as the fence is said to be damaging the bridge structurally. frankly, the bridge will fall in a quake (and other roads will be covered in landslides), leaving the southwest hills inaccessible to help and supplies save by air. it needs to be replaced, and they can include the prevention measures when they do.

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