Orient Bridge, Spanning Kettle River at Richardson Road, Orient, Ferry County, WA
Spanning Kettle River at Richardson Road, Orient, WA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER WA-32
Building/structure dates: 1909 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1959 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1965 subsequent work
National Register Number: 82004297
Part of building/structure is in Evans vicinity, Stevens County, WA.
Significance: The 180-foot-long, steel Parker truss Orient Bridge is one of only five bridges of this type built before 1910 remaining in Washington State. The arched top chord of the Parker truss design (a variation of the Pratt truss) increased structural rigidity. This innovation enabled construction of longer spans than was possible with other pin-connected bridge designs of the early twentieth century. The Orient Bridge is significant locally for the role it played in the transportation network of Ferry and Stevense counties, Washington, and for its importance in facilitating movement of mineral and timber resources to nearby refining and production centers. The Orient Bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
C.G. Sheely Contracting Company
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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