Nisqually Glacier Bridge, Spanning Nisqually River at Nisqually Road, Longmire, Pierce County, WA
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Spanning Nisqually River at Nisqually Road, Longmire vicinity, WA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER WA-61
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N61).
Building/structure dates: 1958 initial construction
Part of building/structure is in Packwood vicinity, Lewis County, WA.
Significance: The first bridge on the site was distinguished for its construction at the snout of the Nisqually Glacier; this made the Nisqually Road "the first road in America to reach a glacier." However, the siting just below the massive glacier led to the destruction or heavy damage to four subsequent bridges by glacier floods. The present high-level bridge, 600' below the old bridge site, was designed to survive the extreme conditions sometimes encountered at the crossing.
West Coast Steel Works
Gray, John R.
Malvarson, Carl M.
Tomlinson, Owen A.
Vint, Thomas C.
Bureau Of Public Roads
Quin, Richard, Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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