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Coos Bay Abandoned Rail Bridge

18 Apr

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Leaving Coos Bay, I spotted a very long abandoned rail bridge leading out of the railyard and heading North.  We pulled over and I walked along the tracks a good distance.

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The bridge was in very poor condition.  The constantly wet Pacific Northwest weather had caused the paint to peel away exposing rust underneath, and some of the planks were soft to the step.

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Others had rotted straight through.

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The bridge was built in 1914, as the date had been cut out of the steel.  It was a swing span, designed so that a section of it could spin perpendicular to the rest of the bridge to allow boats to pass.

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It had been left in the open position after being abandoned, creating an interesting shape when looked at as a tunnel of metal.

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