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Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks

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The Bridge of the Gods is a steel truss cantilever bridge that spans the Columbia River between Cascade Locks, Oregon, and Washington state near North Bonneville. It is approximately 40 miles (64 km) east of Portland, Oregon, and 4 miles (6.4 km) upriver from Bonneville Dam. It is a toll bridge operated by the Port of Cascade Locks.

The bridge was completed by the Wauna Toll Bridge Company and opened in 1926 at a length of 1,127 feet (344 m). The higher river levels resulting from the construction of the Bonneville Dam required the bridge to be further elevated by 44 feet (13 m) in 1938 and extended to its current length of 1,858 feet (566 m). The Columbia River Bridge Company of Spokane, Washington, acquired ownership of the bridge in 1953 for $735,000 (equivalent to $7.44 million today). The Port of Cascade Locks purchased the bridge with $950,000 (or $8.62 million today) in revenue bonds, issued on November 1, 1961. The Port of Cascade Locks Commission owns and operates the bridge still today.

The bridge is named after the historic geologic feature also known as Bridge of the Gods.

The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Columbia River on the Bridge of the Gods. The lowest elevation of the trail is about a mile north from the bridge at 110 feet (34 m).
Onlookers in September 1927 saw Charles Lindbergh fly the Spirit of St. Louis from Portland low over the new bridge and then, in a bit of barnstorming, make a 180 degree turn and fly back under the bridge, continuing to the Portland Airport, then on Swan Island.
The bridge toll increased to $2 per crossing due to the increased traffic after the release of the 2014 film Wild.
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  • This is a very dramatic appearing bridge linking Oregon and Washington. This is a view of it from our Motel Room (Best Western Cascade Locks) during our stay in Cascade Locks. 
    This is a very dramatic appearing bridge linking Oregon and Washington. This is a view of it from our Motel Room (Best Western Cascade Locks) during our stay in Cascade Locks.  more »
  • We decided to go back to Portland on the other side of the gorge after our day of adventuring, which included a trip over the historic Bridge of the Gods that crosses from Oregon to Washington. It... 
    We decided to go back to Portland on the other side of the gorge after our day of adventuring, which included a trip over the historic Bridge of the Gods that crosses from Oregon to Washington. It...  more »
  • Name seems much more impressive than actual bridge. Bridge separates Oregon and Washington. Views average. Fee $2/vehicle each way to cross. 
    Name seems much more impressive than actual bridge. Bridge separates Oregon and Washington. Views average. Fee $2/vehicle each way to cross.  more »
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  • Terrifying walk and I would NOT recommend children to go on. However, it has some gorgeous views and it’s worth doing at least once. There’s no shoulder or walk way for pedestrians so you are walking on the actual bridge so make sure you’re willing to walk close to the cars.
  • The toll was $2 each way for a car with friendly and efficient toll booth attendants. Convenient places to park for site-seeing on either side. Pedestrians can walk the bridge for free, but must share the road with cars.
  • If you visit Multnomah Falls, make the trek another 15 minutes up the road to see this. Cross the bridge and then visit Stevenson, WA. We found a nice cherry stand on the OR side of the bridge. 1 lb for $6. The toll is $2 each way.
  • Lots of history and Gorgeous views! The native american story of the landmark is awesome to look up. There are local ly guided tours with history facts. To think there was once a land bridge there years ago. Another history stop while in the gorge is the Bonneville Dam. Visit the theater inside the dan to get more information on the land bridge, the erosion into the rapids that were documented, and then the construction of the dam.
  • Beautiful bridge with gorgeous views. Costs $3 each way when crossing by car. (As of Sept 2022)

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