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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 $7.02 million today). The Port of Cascade Locks purchased the bridge with $950,000 (or $8.13 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, and the lowest elevation of the trail is on this bridge.

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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  • Nothing really spectacular as a bridge, but the view from the bridge is nice. Check it out if you're in the area.  more »
  • $2 each way to cross. Worth it. Have your camera ready to take some pictures. Several breweries within a few miles of bridge.  more »
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  • Lovely day in Cascade Locks, and a marvelous view of the bridge! We were there for the "Bridge of the Goddess" run, and had a great time cheering on the participants and basking in the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Outstanding scenic route!
  • The Bridge of the Gods is always a spectacular site seeing spot for me. The area has vendors that sell fresh, smoked and canned salmon. Fresh fruit. Also, has a great drive thru for burgers, fries and ice cream. Additionally, there is a restaurant, hotel, fish house restaurant and grocery store.
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