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The first edition of Oregon Coast Bridges profiles forty of the most interesting and significant
bridges along the Oregon Coast Highway, from Astoria to the California border. Covering more than 200 pages, this edition presents:

  • More than 150 historic and large format contemporary photographs
  • Interesting historical anecdotes about the bridges and their surrounding areas
  • Original historic bridge drawings from the Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Beaches to Bridges—Development of the Oregon Coast Highway, a brief history of the development of the Oregon Coast Highway
  • Descriptive biography of Conde B. McCullough, Oregon’s master bridge designer who designed many of Oregon’s landmark bridges
  • An expansive glossary of bridge terms

Ray Allen is a longtime preservationist and helped lead a statewide effort to save the old Alsea Bay Bridge.
James Norman is an architectural photographer, historian, and author of several books about Oregon’s cultural heritage. Mark A. Falby (Publication Designer) is an award-winning artist and graphic designer.

Schematic view of bridges ~circa 1936

1936 schematic rendering of major bridges

(click here for a larger view image)

The OREGON COAST HIGHWAY was constructed in piecemeal fashion in 1914. After World War I, the United States Military encouraged completion of the highway as a means of defending the Oregno coastline from foreign invaders. In the 1920's the popularity of automobile touring and the tourism industry added impetus to completing what was then called the ROOSEVELT COAST MILITARY HIGHWAY.

In 1932 the highway was yet to be entirely connected. Five channels in the southern half of the state: COOS BAY, THE UMPQUA RIVER, THE SIUSLAW RIVER, ALSEA BAY and YAQUINA BAY - were crossed by ferry service....

This recording project is part of the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), a long-range program to document historically significant engineering and industrial works in the United States....