Terrebonne in Jefferson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Oregon Trunk Railroad Bridge
The Oregon Trunk Railway Bridge, constructed in 1911, was the first structure to cross this spectacular gorge. Prior to construction the only crossing of the Crooked River in this region was located about a mile upstream, where the canyon's sheer basalt walls begin tapering gradually into the surrounding landscape.
In the early 1900's, railroad tycoons James J. Hill of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SP&S) and Edward Harriman of the Union Pacific began a fierce battle to open central Oregon rail traffic. This battle, one of the greatest in railroad history, played out in the courts, where the SP&S triumphed. In the field, however, where night raids, dynamite, gunfire and fistfights were common, neither railroad triumphed. The Oregon Trunk Railway, a subsidiary of the SP&S, ran from Celilo Falls on the Columbia to Bend - James Hill was on hand in Bend on October 5, 1911 to drive a "Golden Spike" celebrating the line's official opening.
Location. 44° 23.464′ N, 121° 11.718′ W. Marker is in Terrebonne, Oregon, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Dalles-California Highway (U.S. 97 at milepost 114), 0.7 miles south of SW Culver Highway, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in the Peter Skene
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Crooked River (High) Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peter Skene Ogden (about 600 feet away); Peter Skene Ogden Park (about 700 feet away); A Bridge for the New Millenium (about 700 feet away).
More about this marker. Located at the NW corner of the park along the walkway.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Bridgehunter.com Page for the Oregon Trunk Railroad Bridge. (Submitted on January 27, 2015, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
2. An Early Color Photo of the OTR Bridge from the Oregon State University Library Collection. (Submitted on January 27, 2015, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
3. More History on the Oregon Trunk Railroad from the Oregon Historical Society. (Submitted on January 27, 2015, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2015, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 26, 2015, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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