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Orting in Pierce County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

McMillin Bridge

Puyallup River 1934 Washington

 
 
McMillin Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee C, October 31, 2019
1. McMillin Bridge Marker
Click on the photo to read information on Homer M. Hadley and to view photos seen on the marker.
Inscription.  
A testament to the durability of concrete bridges.
The McMillin Bridge is the only structure of its kind in the world. This through truss bridge, which is designed for longer spans and heavier loads, has a truly unique configuration. The steel-reinforced concrete trusses were designed to eliminate the need for overhead lateral braces while accommodating sidewalks that pass through portals in the trusses.

When completed in the fall of 1935, the 170-foot-long bridge was hailed as the longest reinforced concrete span in the United States (exclusive of arches).

In 2015, the bridge was bypassed by a new highway bridge. The concrete truss was left standing as a monument to Washington State's transportation and engineering heritage.

The McMillin Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Washington Heritage Register and Pierce County Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected by Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Location. 47° 7.785′ N, 122° 
McMillin Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Lee C, October 31, 2019
2. McMillin Bridge
14.136′ W. Marker is in Orting, Washington, in Pierce County. Marker is on State Route 162 (Washington Route 162), on the left when traveling north. Approximately 2.7 miles north of Orting. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orting WA 98360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Oregon Trail (approx. 5 miles away); Wilkeson Eagles Building 100th Anniversary (approx. 9.1 miles away); The Historical Carbonado Saloon (approx. 9.2 miles away).
 
Regarding McMillin Bridge. Marker includes biographical information on Homer More Hadley, designer of the McMillin Bridge.
 
Also see . . .  McMillin Bridge, Spanning Puyallup River at State Route 162, McMillin, Pierce County, WA. Additional photos of the bridge under construction. Library of Congress (Submitted on October 31, 2019, by Lee C of Orting, Washington.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2019, by Lee C of Orting, Washington. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2019, by Lee C of Orting, Washington. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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