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Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks

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The Bridge of the Gods is a steel truss cantilever bridge that spans the Columbia River between Cascade Locks, Oregon, and Washington state near North Bonneville. It is approximately 40 miles (64 km) east of Portland, Oregon, and 4 miles (6.4 km) upriver from Bonneville Dam. It is a toll bridge operated by the Port of Cascade Locks.

The bridge was completed by the Wauna Toll Bridge Company and opened in 1926 at a length of 1,127 feet (344 m). The higher river levels resulting from the construction of the Bonneville Dam required the bridge to be further elevated by 44 feet (13 m) in 1938 and extended to its current length of 1,858 feet (566 m). The Columbia River Bridge Company of Spokane, Washington, acquired ownership of the bridge in 1953 for $735,000 (equivalent to $7.11 million today). The Port of Cascade Locks purchased the bridge with $950,000 (or $8.23 million today) in revenue bonds, issued on November 1, 1961. The Port of Cascade Locks Commission owns and operates the bridge still today.

The bridge is named after the historic geologic feature also known as Bridge of the Gods.

The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Columbia River on the Bridge of the Gods, and the lowest elevation of the trail is on this bridge.

Onlookers in September 1927 saw Charles Lindbergh fly the Spirit of St. Louis from Portland low over the new bridge and then, in a bit of barnstorming, make a 180 degree turn and fly back under the bridge, continuing to the Portland Airport, then on Swan Island.
The bridge toll increased to $2 per crossing due to the increased traffic after the release of the 2014 film Wild.
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  • Enjoyed staying nearby and seeing the bridge in the morning fog. Crossed this bridge into Washington and visited the small museum near by about the damming of the Columbia River. Love the history of....  more
    Enjoyed staying nearby and seeing the bridge in the morning fog. Crossed this bridge into Washington and visited the small museum near by about the damming of the Columbia River. Love the history of....  more »
  • Speed limit is 15 MPH, and when driving across the first time I was ready for the bridge to give way and plummet into the river below. I guess I was expecting something different but it's perfectly.....  more
    Speed limit is 15 MPH, and when driving across the first time I was ready for the bridge to give way and plummet into the river below. I guess I was expecting something different but it's perfectly.....  more »
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  • It cost us 4 dollars to cross the bridge, one dollar an axle
  • Always a great stop and photo op!! 15 miles of construction each direction is going to be starting soon until winter 2022. Be aware and slow down. Keep the workers alive! We would like to go home to our families too!

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