Historic Hood River
We’ve seen similar images of the Hood River White Salmon Interstate bridge before, but based on recent research I can add a few important points.
Note the date of this C. S. Reeves image is December 6, 1924. That was the day the bridge first opened for traffic. If you look carefully there is some evidence of cars on the bridge. This image was probably captured early in the day, before this famous image. Contemporary accounts acknowledged there was still some construction going on which seems consistent with this view.
I’ve also learned the Oregon approach (foreground of the lower image) was considered a temporary structure, as was the wooden deck. The intent was to replace them as soon as the bridge generated enough revenue. The replacement eventually happened in 1937-1940, when the Bonneville Dam project necessitated replacing both of the approaches and adding a lift span.
You’ve probably heard the “replacement bridge project” recently received a significant federal grant so plans to replace this hundred year old structure are moving forward. The plan is to open the new bridge on October 1, 2029, at 10 AM I am told. Put it on your calendar. My hope is to lead a parade of antique cars across the old bridge as it closes to traffic, retiring after a long and productive life.