Chow Chow Suspension Bridge, Spanning Quinault River, Taholah, Grays Harbor County, WA
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Spanning Quinault River, Taholah vicinity, WA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER WA-5
Building/structure dates: 1950 initial construction
Significance: The Chow Chow Suspension Bridge was constructed by Native Americans living on the Quinault Indian Reservation about 1950. It consists of four timber king post trusses that are suspended from steel cables. The bridge bears resemblance to the modern "cable stayed" suspension bridge. However, it is most significant as an example of vernacular technology that represents the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Quinault Indians in meeting local transportation needs.
Hawley, Monica E., Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. General elevation of the bridge from the south.
2. 'Barrel shot' showing the east portal elevation.
3. General view of west portal.
4. Three-quarter view of bridge showing tower, king post trusses, and suspension cables
5. Three-quarter view of deck and king post trusses showing suspension cables.
6. General view of underside of bridge showing timber floor beams.
7. Detail view of suspension cables and truss members.
8. Detail view of cable and deck connection.
9. Detail view of portal tower.
10. West portal elevation showing suspension cables and pulleys for adjusting cables.
11. Detail view of pulleys used to adjust suspension cables.
GENERAL ELEVATION OF THE BRIDGE FROM THE SOUTH.
“BARREL SHOT” SHOWING EAST PORTAL ELEVATION.
GENERAL VIEW OF UNDERSIDE OF BRIDGE SHOWING TIMBER FLOOR BEAMS.
DETAIL OF PORTAL TOWER.
WEST PORTAL ELEVATION SHOWING SUSPENSION CABLES AND PULLEYS FOR ADJUSTING CABLES.
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