Near Bonners Ferry in Boundary County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Moyie River Canyon
Constructed in 1964, the 1223 ft. long steel truss bridge spans the Moyie River Canyon at a height of 464 ft. It replaces the old bridge built in 1923 and 1.25 miles of narrow, winding highway. It is the second highest bridge in Idaho, exceeded only by the 476 ft. high Perinne Memorial Bridge across the Snake River near Twin Falls.
The power dam, constructed by the City of Bonners Ferry, supplies electricity to the surrounding area. The original dam built in 1921 was razed in 1959 on completion of the new dam. The spillway is 83 ft. high and the drop is 212 ft. from top of dam to lower pool. Niagara Falls has a drop of 168 ft.
The 100 mile long Moyie River has its headwaters in British Columbia and flows to the Pacific Ocean by way of the Kootenai and Columbia Rivers.
This Viewpoint and Rest Area is maintained by the Idaho Department of Highways.
Below is the Moyie River, passing through this canyon and flowing toward its confluence with the Kootenai River, approximately 1.5 miles downstream. The river flows south
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 48° 43.631′ N, 116° 10.594′ W. Marker is near Bonners Ferry Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bonners Ferry ID 83805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Semaphores (approx. 6˝ miles away); A Town is Born Along the Way (approx. 6˝ miles away); Great Northern Railway 1892 (approx. 6˝ miles away); Kootenai Valley Railway (approx. 6˝ miles away); Logging Railroads (approx. 6˝ miles away); Spokane International Railway (approx. 6˝ miles away); Railroad Services (approx. 6˝ miles away); Railroad Laborers (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bonners Ferry.
More about this marker. Access to the marker is via a service road on the west side of U.S. Highway 2, about 2/10 mile south of the bridge.
Also see . . .
1. Moyie River Overlook and Bridge.
The Moyie River flows through one of Idaho's most impressive canyons. Standing less than 100 feet tall, Moyie Falls is one of the highest volume waterfalls in Northern Idaho. Thundering out of a 10 foot wide slot in the canyon, the Moyie River explodes 70 feet into a palisade of white thunder and mist in an impressive gorge before cascading another 25 feet. Though the falls have been harnessed for hydroelectric production, they remain impressive all year long with the best views during the spring melt. (Submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Moyie River Bridge.
One of the highest deck truss bridges in the world, the Moyie River bridge is located just south of the Canadian border in the U.S. state of Idaho. Far less known than the Perrine bridge in Idaho Falls, the Moyie crossing is nearly as high at 464 feet (141 mtrs). Constructed in 1964, the current span bypassed more than a mile of twisting road that descended to the bottom of the canyon where it crossed a bridge built in 1923. The Moyie River begins in British Columbia, Canada and flows into the Kootenai before meeting the Columbia River which empties into the Pacific Ocean. (Submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 619 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.