Our Daily Sykes #340 – Vantage

This old eastern approach to the Vantage Bridge was considerably more exposed.  I remember the anticipation that started to build outside of Moses Lake as the Dorpat family from Spokane made its way to Seattle for one purpose or another.   The bridge was built in 1927 – the seventh to cross the Columbia – with two cantilevers supported on caissons imbedded seventy feet under the river bed.  It was dangerous work and even with a limit of two hours many workers got the bends badly.  The raising of the river behind the Wanapum Dam required that the old bridge be replaced in 1962 with the one shown below with the red wind sock.  I snapped that from the passenger’s seat of Bill Burden’s pick-up as we headed home after two weeks in Idaho.   The  old bridge was saved by a railroad siding down stream at Beverly and then assembled again in 1968 over the Snake River at Lions Gate.  It took the place there of the oldest ferry on the river – running for 108 years.  [Click to Enlarge]

1927 construction on the Vantage Bridge seen from the east side of the river.
The bridge from the Ginko Petrified Forest attraction (state park) on the west side of the river.
Looking east across the old bridge, which was sited several hundred yards north of the new bridge. This subject and its repeat that follows were featured in Jean and my book "Washington Then and Now" and was also included in the Washington State section of the Repeat Photography show we, along with Berangere Lomont, have now on exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry. (Courtesy John Cooper)

The new bridge seen from the new - since 1962 - eastern approach in 1984.

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