The second highest railway arch bridge ever built in the United States, the Vance Creek arch bridge soars 347 feet (106 mtrs) above a thick forest valley in Washington State’s Olympic peninsula. Originally constructed in 1929 by the Simpson Logging Company, the bridge was eventually abandoned and has neither tracks nor a roadway on top of it. Located several miles north on the same rail line and still in use as a road bridge since 1950 is the High Steel bridge over the South Fork of the Skokomish river and the highest arch bridge ever built for a U.S. rail line at 365 feet (111 mtrs). Both bridges were built by the American Bridge Company.
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This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.
That being said, this bridge is amazing and terrifying all at the same time. It is well worth the drive from Seattle to check out. Just be aware that the bridge is made from railroad ties with approx 4″ gaps between them. So as you are walking out across it, and are looking down at your feet to make sure you’re footing is sure, you get the privilege of seeing the water 347′ below.
I don’t know if I can do this
The abandoned Vance Creek Bridge
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