Paradise River First Crossing Bridge, Spanning Paradise River at Narada Falls on Service, Longmire, Pierce County, WA
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Spanning Paradise River at Narada Falls on Service, Longmire vicinity, WA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER WA-47
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N48).
Building/structure dates: 1927 initial construction
Significance: The gently-arched Paradise River First Crossing Bridge above Narada Falls is a characteristic "rustic style" bridge of the type commonly employed by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Public Roads in the national parks. The reinforced concrete barrel arch with the rugged landscape. The entire site development, including the bridge, parking areas, comfort station, foot trails and scenic overlook, were carefully designed to offer access to the splendid 168' waterfall. The bridge itself never served the original purpose of carrying the Nisqually Road, as traffic was subsequently rerouted over the "Narada Cut-Off"; it now provides limited access to the winter operations shed on the east side of the bridge, and trail access to the Narada Falls overlook.
Concrete Arch Bridges
Bureau Of Public Roads
Tobin, John D.
Knight, Arthur F.
Theosophical Society Of Western Washington
Davidson, Ernest A.
Quin, Richard H., Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Fish, Bryan D., Delineator
Trettel, Daniele, Delineator
Dickson, Julie Ann, Delineator
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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