The Steel Bridge’s 100th belly button birthday is July 21. PDX Bridge Festival, Inc. hosted a block party this past Saturday night, and is now sponsoring six pay-as-you-will bridge walks. All proceeds from the walks go toward the publication of The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver–A Book for Young Readers, also sponsored by PDXBF. This will be the first book about the local bridges for children.
Four of the walks, just across the Steel Bridge, take place July 13 and 14 and begin and end at Portland Union Train Station as part of UP’s 150th anniversary celebration being held at Union Station on July 13 and 14.
The July 21 and August 11 walks are three hours and include visits to the operator’s tower and bascule pit of The Morrison Bridge. These two begin and end at Floyd’s Coffee in Old Town. Details are below:
Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, join Sharon for one-hour walks to the Steel Bridge as part of the Union Pacific Railroad’s two-day 150th birthday celebration at Portland Union Train Station. The Steel Bridge pay-as-you-will walks begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., both days, and begin and end at the train station. No advance reservations necessary.
Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m. until noon, the day the Steel Bridge turns 100, join guide Nathan Hoover for a walk across the Steel Bridge and other downtown Portland bridges. Begins at Floyd’s Coffee, 118 NW Couch, Portland. Includes a visit to the Morrison Bridge to meet the operator and tour the bascule pit. No advance reservations necessary.www.willamettebridgewalk.com
Saturday, August 11, 9 a.m. until noon, join Sharon Wood Wortman and Ed Wortman for a walk across the Steel Bridge and other downtown Portland bridges. Includes a visit to the Morrison Bridge to meet the operator and tour the bascule pit. Begins at Floyd’s Coffee, 118 NW Couch, Portland. No advance reservations necessary.