SVRy. Passenger train at original Red Bridge.

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Collection Hawley, Brooks
Date of photo 1897 ca.
Description SVRy. Passenger train at original Red Bridge headed for Baker City .

Brooks Hawley note: Red Bridge was in the Gorge. It later burned and the next bridge did not have trusses but had cement bases in the river bed. The bridge made it possible for the reairoad to squeeze through the Gorge on top of the river without the need to blast out much solid rock.
The Gorge is famous for being very difficult rock to blast, not being brittle enough to shatter as other rock does. When the first highway was put throughabout 1923, Copenhagen Brothers went broke on the contract. The road was so narrow that cars could not pass in the Gorge, at least they never tried, and one car would back up to a wider place.

Object ID 1992.1.744
Place Boulder Gorge
COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: Credit Baker County Library, Baker City, Oregon

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