Walking Tour takes the high (rail)road

Many thanks to the walking tour group pictured above (from the left: Moria Earl, Lee Bennett, Polly Roberts, Ed Bruck, Linda Waugh, and Barbara Donnelly Larson), for supporting this website with their contribution for the tour.

The group enthusiastically ventured out onto the historic railroad trestle over the Snohomish River, Saturday, August 21st, looking for any evidence of the original bridge in the low water below. According to our Snohomish railroad historian, Allen Miller, the bridge that collapsed in 1889, shortly after it was built, can be seen resting at the bottom of the river during the summer months when the water level is low.

Even with all of us looking however, we found no sign of the sunken railroad tracks; but, I am happy to report that everyone made it back to First Street safely.

You may read more about the original bridge in this post from March 2010.

(And you may wish to save the date, October 23rd, for my second annual tour of the GAR Cemetery — details to follow.)

One thought on “Walking Tour takes the high (rail)road”

  1. The iron in the river is only in small pieces. The original bridge was mostly made of wooden timbers and whole sections of the bridge simply floated downstream during the big flood. When the waters receded some of these sections were towed back upstream and put back in place. The portions in the river were separate pieces of iron beam or girder and pretty hard to spot, because of sand and silt on top of them.
    Allen Miller, via eMail

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