The Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge

Lynn and Judy's Bridge Walking Blog

Our 17th Bridge. North Bend. July 2020

Photo by Michael Goff

The port of Coos Bay is the largest deep-draft coastal harbor between San Francisco Bay and the Puget Sound and has long been Oregon’s 2nd busiest maritime commerce center (after the Port of Portland). So this bridge needed to be built with enough loft to allow ship clearance, and long & strong enough to span the wide and windy Coos Bay. Toward this end, Conde McCullough designed concrete deck arches for the approaches and a mid-section steel cantilever truss to span the shipping channel. Originally called the Coos Bay Bridge this monumental bridge was renamed in 1947 to honor McCullough for his engineering genius and the enduring gifts he gave to Oregon.

Photo from Wikimedia

Photo from the Library of Congress

Judy: The many lovely features of this bridge include a pedestrian access stairway. It’s an Art Deco…

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