December 23, 2017
The Dec. 31, 2017 History Mystery photograph, above, was scanned from a 4- by 5-inch black-and-white negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle. It is a single frame from a stack of negatives taken from 1951 through 1953. This was from the earliest set of negatives, and information on the envelope reads: “Bridge, The Dalles. Tudor Eng’ing Co. The Dalles, Or. Sept. 20, 1951, 10:30 a.m. (DST). Gary Elkinton of The Dalles wrote, “I believe the photo is showing the original spot and the beginning of construction of The Dalles bridge, east of where the bridge is now. But with coming of The Dalles Dam, the bridge had to be moved downstream to its present location.” Terray Harmon said the same, and noted that the pilings eventually were in place clear across the river when the Corp of Engineers found a conflict with the building The Dalles Dam and the federal government paid to move the bridge to its present location. Mike Kilkenny noted that the picture is looking north from above Highway 30, looking toward where The Dalles Dam is now. He noted that the bridge road would have ended at the Oregon side where the Celilo Inn is today. Gary Conley the picture as the “piers of the bridge we almost had,” and noted the dynamited remains can still be seen today, in the vicinity of The Dalles Dam Visitor Center.
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