Columbia River - Beebe and Chelan, Washington, USA

All photos by Patrick S. O'Donnell. Please do not reuse without permission. Patrick's photos show the remnants of the Beebe Suspension Bridge. This large suspension bridge was built privately by the Wenatchee-Beebe Orchard Company in 1919. According to Jakkula, it was used "to carry the pipe lines used in getting water from the vicinity of Lake Chelan to the 400 acre orchard; the bridge also has a 12 ft. roadway" with the pipelines being the primary use of the bridge. Jakkula also cites a claim (in 1941) that this was "the largest privately owned bridge in the United States." The adjacent arch-truss bridge carries US97 across the Columbia River.

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