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Muddy Fork Cowlitz River Bridge, Spanning Muddy Fork Cowlitz River on Stevens Canyo, Packwood, Snohomish County, WA



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Spanning Muddy Fork Cowlitz River on Stevens Canyo, Packwood vicinity, WA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WA-60
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N60).
Building/structure dates: 1950 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1966 subsequent work
Significance: The "rustic style" of architecture survived into the 1950s when the Muddy Fork Cowlitz River and Nickel Creek bridges on the Stevens Canyon Highway were constructed as stone-faced reinforced concrete spandrel arch structures, echoing designs employed by the National Park Service as early as 1920. The Muddy Fork Bridge, built over the deep Box Canyon of the Cowlitz, relates especially well to the site; the gently arched bridge seems to spring naturally from the rock cliffs. The nearby tunnel (HAER No. WA-70) is a plain bore through a mountain spur; unlike other tunnels in the park, it has no masonry portals at the ends. The entire site was planned to offer access to the marvelous landscape of this site, with the deep box canyon, stretches of glacial-polished granite, and delicate subalpine plants. Site amenities include a parking area, comfort station and drinking fountains, paved pedestrian paths, an interpretive display, and a timber footbridge over the canyon. The Box Canyon site also serves as a trailhead for the round-the-mountain Wonderland Trail.

Subjects
Recreation
Concrete Arch Bridges
Transportation


Related Names
Bureau Of Public Roads
Hawkins & Armstrong
Public Roads Administration
Cascade Asphalt Paving Company
Pieler Construction Company
Fish, Bryan, Delineator
Trettel, Daniela, Delineator
Dickson, Julie Ann, Delineator
Quin, Richard H., Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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