D4 St. Johns Bridge and Cathedral Park

The St. Johns Bridge was designed by renowned engineer David B. Steinman and completed in June of 1931

St Johns Bridge being built (Photo Portland City Archives)

St Johns Bridge being built (Photo Portland City Archives)

1935  St Johns Bridge (Photo Portland City Archives)

1935 St Johns Bridge (Photo Portland City Archives)

1937 St Johns bridge with ship passing 1937 (Photo Portland City Archives)

1937 St Johns bridge with ship passing 1937 (Photo Portland City Archives)

St Johns bridge looking east in 1937 (Photo Portland City Archives)

St Johns bridge looking east in 1937 (Photo Portland City Archives)

Engineer Steinman also submitted plans for the first Tacoma Narrows bridge in the late but his plans were turned down.  When he looked at the plans for the bridge that was to be built he predicted it would fail.  The chosen design opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, its main span collapsed into the Tacoma Narrows four months later on November 7, 1940, at 11:00 AM as a result of 42 mph  winds.

St. Johns Bridge Portland as seen from Germantown Road

St. Johns Bridge Portland as seen from Germantown Road

St. Johns Bridge as seen from the Ridge Line Trail

St. Johns Bridge as seen from the Ridge Trail

Shamrocks on the lanterns of the St. Johns Bridge

Shamrocks on the lanterns of the St. Johns Bridge

under the bridge in Cathedral Park

Under the bridge in Cathedral Park.

The cathedral-like pillars of the bridge is how the park earned it's name.

The cathedral-like pillars of the bridge is how the park earned it’s name.

The St. Johns Bridge Portland from Cathedral Park

The St. Johns Bridge Portland from Cathedral Park

Fall at Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge.

Fall at Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge.

To Ridge Trail viewpoint of St. Johns Bridge, well worth the walk.

To Ridge Trail viewpoint of St. Johns Bridge, well worth the walk.

View from the Ridge Trail.

The view from the Ridge Trai of the bridge s always fantastic but on a clear day you get Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams on top of it.  Nice!

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