12 thoughts on “Burlingame Bridge, 1934

  1. I grew up on the hill above this bridge. Our house was built in 1941. Used to walk across this bridge to high school every day.

  2. I looked through the Historical Oregonian and the Oregon Journal for mention of the bridge during this era, and didn’t find anything about paint or maintenance, but I did find a couple of interesting tidbits (capitalization is the original):

    East Side Firm…Changes Personnel — The personnel of the East Side Paige Motors Inc. was changed this week by the retirement of F.H. Redfearn, and the purchase of his interest in the business by Ray King, son of N.A. King, pioneer of Portland.
    King, by running his car through the Burlington bridge which connects Burlington with Sauvies Island, suffered injuries which requires him to give up active work. He has leased his large Sauvies Island farm and will give his entire attention to the promoting of the sales of Paige automobiles in the new firm of which he has been elected president. — Oregon Journal, April 17, 1927 p. 59

    Motorist Sues County — Charles Gerber filed an action in circuit court yesterday against Multnomah county asking $5410.55 damages for injuries suffered May 29, 1931, when an automobile in which he was riding plunged 20 feet to the bottom land from the Burlington bridge. The accident was caused by defective construction of the bridge, he asserts. — Oregonian, March 8, 1934, p. 7

    I found today’s photo fairly interesting after I zoomed in to look at the men’s faces. Imagine how surprised they would be to see where we all are viewing their work this year!

  3. I thought this bridge was more recent. There are VP photos of a 1948 bridge opening. It must have been repaved or altered then, probably for I-5 construction. 1934 makes more sense because Terwilliger Blvd was extended south of Taylors Ferry to Lake Oswego in the early 30’s. The dates a bit squishy because Multnomah County finished their bit in ’31 but Clackamas County took a while to grade & pave the connection to Hwy 43.

  4. I heard once that the Burlingame Bridge over Interstate 5 was the only wooden bridge in the interstate Highway system. This photo looks like a steel bridge. Did I hear wrong?

  5. Liz… the bridge in your posting is the Burlington bridge, which is as noted in the article, is adjacent to Sauvie Island.
    The Burlingame bridge is adjacent to I5 near the curves on 99W.
    It was still an interesting read thought. 🙂

  6. Dave,
    I believe this bridge had a wood deck until the bridge was replaced with a concrete one (late ’70’s?). I remember it being rough and rickety to drive across.

  7. With the completion of the Vista Bridge over SW Jefferson in 1926 the city of Portland dismantled the Ford Street over SW Jefferson that was located next to the new Vista Bridge and used the steel to build the Burlingame Bridge.

    Oregon Journal— October 4, 1928 page 4

    Old Ford Street Bridge Material Put in New Bridge.
    Within approximately two weeks the material that was in the old Ford street bridge will be again in use as a bridge across the Burlingame canyon, in the project for the extension and improvement of Terwilliger boulevard and parts of seventh and Welland streets. The deck of the new bridge was completed today by Lindstrom & Feigenson. This is a laminated cedar deck made of 2×6 cedar set on edge. It will be covered by a surface of asphalt. The bridge if 650 feet long and has a 20 foot roadway and a five foot sidewalk on the east side. Practically all of the material in the old Ford street bridge has been used in construction of this new bridge. Cost of the structure is about $35,000.

  8. At first I thought this was the Thurman Bridge, they are super similar, and we recently saw a VP photo of repaint Thurman Bridge in 1935. Were all these bridges designed by same architects or was it just a standard style? The painting projects must be related, ya? Was harrowing work for sure, mid Great Depression as well. But in my opinion, with history and engineering coolness and human ingenuity aside, I always found this type of local bridge, with is jungle of flying girders, not too pleasant looking, albeit practical. And why didn’t they paint the girders first?

  9. Brian Rollins — If I knew how to insert a red-faced emoticon, I’d do it here! Thank you for the correction, which explains all the down votes on my post. Well deserved, alas!

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