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Support a Bridge Book for Kids!

The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver is a book that gets young kids excited about science and engineering and provides teachers a comprehensive resource for developing engaging elementary school curriculums, all through an exploration of one of the most diverse and historic collections of big river bridges in the world.

Help us publish the first-ever kid’s book about these spectacular bridges!

“Bridgetown” is one of Portland, Oregon’s most popular nicknames, and bridges have been taught as part of the third grade social studies curriculum in its public schools for over 50 years.

However, even though the city and its next-door-neighbor, Vancouver, WA, are living museums of bridges—home to all three main bridge types and all three main movable bridge types, built by some of the most famous American bridge engineers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries—there has never been a book about these world-class bridges just for young readers and their teachers. Help us ensure that our public school teachers have the resources they need to keep the bridge curriculum alive in our children’s classrooms!

What’s in the book?

Full-color pages with unique photographs and illustrations
Detailed historical and contemporary facts about all 22 of the Portland and Vancouver area big river bridges, including four railway bridges
Photos of 9 footbridges
Interviews with bridge engineers and others
Bridge poetry and art from elementary students
Math exercises
Step-by-step instructions to build and load-test a truss bridge!
And more!

We need $35,000 to bridge the gap in publishing and design costs.

We want to donate at least 4,000 copies of Big & Awesome Bridges to Portland Public Schools third-grade classrooms and to Portland and Vancouver metropolitan-area public school libraries. This will ensure that each third-grade student has their own book to study bridges by 2014.

This book has come together as a collaborative effort by a mostly-volunteer group of people. However, we have needed to raise money to pay for the book’s design, printing, binding, and publishing costs. We’re almost there, but we need your help in this final stretch.

This book will be around for generations.

Much of your donation will go towards the physical cost of this book. Since public schools do not receive resource donations of this nature very often, we are having each copy of Big & Awesome Bridges built to last at least 25 years. This will ensure that children will have the opportunity to study our cities’ bridges for generations to come.

Moreover, this hardcover, over 200-page book will be printed and bound in the U.S., supporting the continued revitalization of our national economy!

Want your own copy of Big & Awesome Bridges?

The only way to ensure your own (autographed!) copy of the book is to donate to this campaign. We are not planning to publish for retail and will print only a limited amount of books beyond the number needed to give to public schools. For each book that is purchased as a perk through this campaign, we will be able to donate at least one other book to children in need.

Spread the word!

Please share this campaign with your family and friends on facebook, twitter, and other social media. With your help, we can enrich the minds and hearts of our children and make certain that all our big and awesome bridges remain standing for generations to come!

Thank you!

“Bridge For Blankets” Public Art

“Bridge For Blankets” is a public art project currently installed on the Broadway Bridge.  Learn how to get involved in this unique project:

– Click on the flier image below to be directed to the Indiegogo crowdfunding site, where you may donate to our project fundraising campaign. Our fundraising goal is now at $2,500. Please donate today, and we can make this happen together:

Bridge for Blankets Fundraiser
Indiegogo Project

Raffle tickets are currently on sale at the AIA in the Pearl for the “Raffghan” (aka raffle afghan) made from remaining project materials.
Tickets are 1 for $5 OR 5 for $20.  Tickets will be on sale during this Saturday’s Block Party until 3pm when the “Raffghan” winning raffle tickets will be drawn.
Go buy your winning ticket today, or join us for a chance to win on Saturday!
– Become a member of the “Bridge For Blankets” Volunteers and Donors group page on Facebook:
– To view more work from Tyler Mackie visit her artist page:

Birthday Celebration & Calendar of Events


Broadway Bridge Celebrates 100 Years
of Connecting Communities and Cultures


Ongoing: Rafghan Raffle to raise funds for Bridge for Blankets. Raffle prize is a 5’ square knitted art afghan. Contact Tyler Mackie for more information, at 541.908.1744 or

July 17, 3pm-10pm: Bridge for Blankets fundraising day at Migration Brewing. 2828 NW Glisan St. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the event.

July 21: Bridge for Blankets art installation begins on the Broadway Bridge. The artwork will be up through late August.

July 25, 6pm – 9pm: Silent art auction to raise funds for Bridge for Blankets. SoHiTek Gallery, 625 NW Everett, Suite 102.

August 1, 5:30 -8pm: Art Opening at the American Institute of Architects Portland chapter: “The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland”. 403 NW 11th Ave. On display through Aug 29 during regular gallery hours: Monday, 12pm-5pm, and Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

August 10, 12pm – 7pm: Block Party. NW 9 event.)



Events July 17 through August 29

Installation of a temporary public artwork later this month will transform the Broadway Bridge as part of a multifaceted celebration culminating in an August 10 block party for the Broadway’s 100 birthday. Beginning Sunday, July 21, the first of four multicolored, hand-knitted banners, 18’ x 21’ each, will be installed–with the help of the Multnomah County Bridge Section–to hang on the outside of the draw spans of the Broadway Bridge for the piece titled Bridge for Blankets, which will be up through the month of August. The artwork, conceived and organized by local artist Tyler Mackie, uses partially donated materials (chief among them, the Cascade 220 Superwash Wool, purchased with in-kind support from Cascade Yarns and Abundant Yarn Co.), and harnesses the time and talent of roughly 150 volunteer knitters to create Portland’s largest knitted art installation to date. After the festival the banners will be washed, divided into 42 separate afghans (each one 6′ square), and donated to local warming shelters via Human Solutions and Sno-Cap.

The Bridge for Blankets project is part of this year’s PDX Bridge Festival, a string of events that kicked off last April and that leads up to a block party on August 10th from 12pm-7pm, at NW 9th and Hoyt.  This is a fitting art installation to celebrate the Broadway Bridge’s 100 year presence and what it brought and brings to the fabric of Portland.    Opening up the bridge between the music and clubs of the east side to the exotic life and associations of the west side in addition to the cuisines of both, enhanced this city’s development.  We are a better place to live because of it.

The block party will have music, dancing, displays of model bridges built by local area elementary school students, bridge tours led by Sharon Wood Wortman and Ed Wortman, a bridge art show, Radio Disney activities for children, and vendors of food, art, and crafts.  The block party is a National Night Out event, and will also include displays and other information about neighborhood safety and crime prevention. The outdoor venue is conveniently located near MAX, Portland Streetcar, bus lines, and a smart park garage.

At the August 10th event, information will also be available on the new Sharon Wood Wortman/Ed Wortman project: The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland and Vancouver—A Book for Young Readers & Their Teachers, of which PDX Bridge Festival is a sponsor. At over 100 pages and brimming with illustrations, this book about the bridges of Portland and Vancouver is a massive undertaking, and is being developed as a text book–distributed for free–to be used as class sets for Portland Public Schools’ third grade classrooms and to Vancouver public school libraries.

The Broadway Bridge, maintained and cared for by Multnomah County, was the first bascule bridge over the Willamette River and the longest bridge of its type in the world when it opened on April 22nd, 1913. It is one of Portland and Vancouver’s three highway century bridges, along with the 2010 Hawthorne Bridge and the 2012 Steel Bridge. At river mile 11.7, the Broadway Bridge provides a unique and critical link for the businesses and neighborhoods in and near the Rose Quarter with those in and near the Pearl District. PDX Bridge Festival, a 501c3 charitable and educational organization, has celebrated the bridges that connect us all since 2010.

WHO & WHAT: PDX Bridge Festival, a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization, is calling for proposals from individuals, organizations, businesses, and government agencies for activities and events to celebrate the Broadway Bridge’s 100th birthday in 2013. Proposals should also include sources of funding, as well as strategies for achievement of the proposed event, such as timing, equipment and volunteers needed, etc.

The Broadway Bridge, maintained and cared for by Multnomah County, was the first bascule bridge over the Willamette River and the longest bridge of its type in the world when it opened on April 22, 1913. It is one of Portland and Vancouver’s three highway century bridges, along with the 2010 Hawthorne Bridge and the 2012 Steel Bridge. At river mile 11.7, the Broadway Bridge provides a unique and critical link for the businesses and neighborhoods in and near the Rose Quarter with those in and near the Pearl District.



ROLL UP, ONE AND ALL, and dip yourself for a day or two into an immersive circus like no other, all under a big top on the east side of the Hawthorne Bridge!

Combining the best of the San Francisco and Portland indie circus and music scenes with special, crazy-talented guests from Australia and Montreal, Lagunitas Beer Circus will treat you to a mind- and belly-boggling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Along with several hours of non-stop whimsy, spectacle, and performances, indulge in a carnival midway with fun games and tasty food, an intimate Hoochie Koochie tent for the grown-ups, and a schedule of circus workshops (Sunday only) to lead you by the hand into our madcap nation of absolute revelry and attendant temptations.

Saturday, August 20th (21+), 1-9pm
$25, general admission


Sunday, August 21st (All Ages, family friendly!), Noon-6pm
$20 adults, $10 kids



From San Francisco (and the nationally acclaimed Bohemian Carnival):VAU DE VIRE SOCIETY (Sat/Sun)​m/GOOFERMAN (Sat/Sun) SISTERS OF HONK (Sat/Sun)
http://www.sistersofhonk.c​om/DJ SMOOVE (Sat/Sun)​.smoove.sfKARA NOVA (Sat/Sun)

From Portland:



CHERVONA (Saturday)​ervona/

SOLOVOX (Saturday)

BLAZE (Saturday)


With special Australian guests:



…and from Montreal:

Ethan Law  (Sat/Sun)

…plus a whole lotta other fantastical friends, surprise and otherwise! Check the website for lineup updates and show scheduling.

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY:​/Event-Tickets_c_16.html

Saturday, August 20th (21+), 1-9pm
$25, general admission

Sunday, August 21st (All Ages, family friendly!), Noon-6pm
$20 adults, $10 kids


Have Brunch with us….and take home the Picnic Table!

PDX Bridge Festival, in partnership with Whole Foods Markets, has worked with five local artists to create one-of-a-kind picnic tables for seating at Brunch on the Bridge. The tables are located at Whole Foods Markets (listed below) in the Portland Metropolitan area, where you can bid on the table (or tables!) of your choice.

by Gaige Qualmann - on display at Hollywood Whole Foods Market

On-site bidding opens July 22nd and remains open until August 1st at store-closing (10pm). BIDDING EXTENDED! Table bidding open through Wednesday night, August 3rd!

On-line bidding is available for 1 table on eBay. If you’d like to participate online, or if you would like to Buy It Now, visit that page here!

by Matt Schlosky - available for auction or purchase on eBay, also located at Voodoo Doughnut, Too at NE Davis and Sandy

Opening bid: $250

Here’s what you get if you are the highest bidder (or if you Buy It Now on eBay):

  • VIP Attendance for four (4) at Brunch on the Bridge on Saturday, August 6th
  • 4 picnic baskets for your Brunch created by local chefs
  • Your special table reserved on the Hawthorne Bridge
  • A one-of-a-kind table to take home to your backyard for endless years of enjoyment!



by Sam Arneson - on display at the Downtown Portland Whole Foods Market


Visit your local Whole Foods Markets to place a bid on the available tables!

Hollywood – 4301 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland

Portland – 1210 NW Couth Street, Portland

Fremont – 3535 NE 15th Avenue, Portland

Voodoo Doughnut, Too! – 1501 NE Davis Street, Portland


Please note PDX Bridge Festival does not deliver or ship tables. If you win or buy the table, please be prepared to transport your table from the event site on Saturday, August 6th. No storage available.

Presented in partnership with:

Whole Foods Market


A tour of the largest mechanical structures in Oregon. Beginning at the corner of NW 2nd & Everett, visit a bridge museum, meet a bridge operator, and test for synchronous vertical excitation. We’ll do about a mile of walking and cross at least three bridges, seeing around ten in all.

WHEN: July 30th from 7-9pm.

WHERE: NW 2nd & Everett (NW Natural Building)

TICKETS: $12 per person, all ages.

No pre-registration required. This PDX Bridge Festival sunset Bridge Walk will be offered at a 25% discount over regular tour rates.