This is a R.P.P.C. Photograph of Shepperd's Dell Bridge (Young Creek Bridge) on the "Columbia River Highway in Oregon". It is located : Spanning Young Creek on the Columbia River Highway in Shepperd's Dell State Park, Latourell vicinity, Multnomah County, Oregon. The Date of Construction was 1914. The Structural Type is Reinforced-concrete deck arch. The Engineer: Samuel C. Lancaster, Consulting Engineer/Assistant Highway Engineer, K.P. Billner, Designer. The Builder: Pacific Bridge Company, Portland, Oregon. The Owner: Oregon Department of Transportation. The use of the bridge was for a Vehicular and pedestrian bridge.
Shepperd's Dell Bridge was designed by bridge designer K.P. Billner under the supervision of Samuel Lancaster in 1914. The bridge is a reinforced concrete deck arch with a 100-foot span. It was the second bridge built on the Historic Columbia River Highway. The solid curtain wall between spandrels and above the crown of the parabolic arch is a unique feature of this bridge. Later bridges of Conde B. McCullough's on the Columbia River Highway imitate this design. K.P. Billner believed this was one of the strongest and best-erected bridges on the highway. The structure harmonizes beautifully with its hilly woodland setting.
The History of Shepperd's Dell: It is located on the Columbia River Highway just west of the community of Bridal Veil. This charming and picturesque: spot was presented to the public in May, 1915, by George Shepperd, as a memorial to his wife. George Shepperd gave these eleven acres as a public park, because he loved it and came here with his family to be refreshed when they were denied the privileges of church and Sunday school, because there was no road.
K.P. Billner paid tribute to George Shepperd when he wrote: ''Men of Wealth and high position have done big things for the Columbia River Highway which will live in history; but George Shepperd, the man of small means, did his part full well. The bridge complements the enchanting landscape found in this area of the highway.
It is a Super Great Image of a Caravan of at least 10 Model T's Automobiles, all lined up on the Bridge, packed with at least 30 people in all the Cars and that are on the Bridge. There are people standing on the Bridge looking way down and autos that are parked off to the side of the road. It has just a little bit of fading, a little teeny weeny bit of edge wear, but does not distract from the photograph at all, it is in really great, almost mint condition.
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