Portland’s St. Johns Bridge
Tuesday 20 June 2017 — Category: Outings
Ever since I became positively passionate about Portland in the spring of 2015, I had wanted to visit the historic (built 1931) St. Johns Bridge, which carries U.S. Route 30 Bypass over the Willamette River, in the North Portland neighborhood of St. Johns.
A year and a half later, in September 2016, I finally made it happen. I parked down by the river, on its east bank, at Cathedral Park. The park got that name from the Gothic Cathedral-like support towers, and arches under the bridge.
At the dedication ceremony on June 13, 1931, the bridge engineer, David Steinman, said:
A challenge and an opportunity to create a structure of enduring beauty in the God-given wondrous background was offered us when were asked to design the bridge. It is the most beautiful bridge in the world we feel.Whether it ever was, or still is, the world’s most beautiful bridge is debatable, but St. Johns Bridge is definitely gorgeous. It is breathtaking no matter what angle you view it from.
When you stand under the northeastern end of the bridge, near North Edison Street, and look southwest along the bridge, the row of gothic arches is truly cathedral-like and awe-inspiring.
The photo to the right, and others I took, can give you a general idea, but no picture can take the place of actually standing there and drinking it all in.
Because I had other stops to make, I was not able to stay for very long. I took a total of 36 photos during my brief 15-minute visit. The best 16 are now on display in the new Portland St. Johns Bridge 2016 album.
Just a few weeks ago, on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend 2017, I returned to St. Johns Bridge for a much-desired, much-longer visit.
Over a period of nearly three hours I took 161 photos while walking across the bridge, and 100 more from Cathedral Park under the bridge!
Unfortunately, that story, and the best of those pictures, will have to wait for another time. However, the photo to the right is a sneak peek.
In the meantime, happy summer solstice!