Beebe Bridge Park, Chelan

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The Beebe Bridge is a two-lane, steel arch bridge crossing the Columbia River at Chelan Falls, Washington. Located three miles east of Lake Chelan, the bridge is part of U.S. Route 97 and averages 5000 vehicle crossings per day.The Beebe Bridge is long with a deck width of supporting one lane of traffic in each direction and 3ft sidewalks on either side. It is one of three “Continuous-steel through-truss tied-arch” bridges in the state. The Blue Bridge over the Columbia in the Tri-Cities, and the Elmer Huntley Bridge over the Snake are of the same design. Seismically retrofitted in 2000, the Beebe Bridge was considered to be in very good condition following its last structural safety inspection in 2007. In 1959 WSDOT began construction of the current bridge, which was opened in June 1963 for a cost $1,120,000.HistoryThe bridge is named after The Beebe Orchard Company which built the first bridge, a reinforced concrete tower suspension bridge, in 1919, over the Columbia River at Chelan Falls to carry irrigation water in two 12-inch water flumes from springs on the west side to their orchards on the east side of the river. The Beebe Bridge was the first suspension bridge in Washington State, was completed at a cost of $75,000, and was, at the time, the largest privately built and owned bridge in the world.By 1947 the Beebe Orchard Company was the state's largest apple growing enterprise operated by a single family.Although not originally intended for public vehicle crossing, the historic bridge's 12ft wooden-deck roadway aided in fruit transport and helped the company recoup the cost of extending the water pipeline by instituting crossing tolls. Although the water flumes were removed in 1926, the private toll bridge remained in use until it was replaced by the current state bridge in 1963.
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  • Great little park right on the Columbia...perfect spot for a picnic. Lots of green spaces, trees and gorgeous views of the river and cliffs.  more »
  • We were delighted to finally we be able to get into this park to spend one Monday night. The campgrounds, boating areas and the surrounding playground was beautiful. The whole area is kept up at a pre...  more »
  • Spent a delightful three days at Beebe Bridge Park recently and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our stay was a bit different in that the park had just recently opened and the maintenance folks were busy ...  more »
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  • What a gem! And the off season rate (especially for seniors) is spectacular! This park is really well kept and clean. Every year in September we come back for more. No reservations are taken, but we always get a great spot. The bathrooms are spotless!
  • Clean, nice camping sites, and a WARM restroom.
  • This was a great swimming area that was just about the only one that wasn't packed on a Sunday in the middle of summer. It had convenient parking but would have been better if there was no current pushing the floats back to shore
  • Great place to go camping during summer. Has good restrooms, free showers, tennis court, basket ball, soccer field, volley ball net, swimming area, 3 docks (2 boat docks), has lots of grass for other activities, nature is well maintained and has mostly green grass, road is smooth new.
  • This is a nice camping spot, green grass, clean bathrooms with free showers, only $30 a day to stay here. Only complaint is if you're close to the road the noise from the cars gets annoying, but it's tolerable. Overall a decent place
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