OLD SWINGING BRIDGE
Swinging Bridge On
Tillamook Co., Oregon
From My Family Collection
The following information was provided by Tillamook resident, John Chaix.
Camp 12 was one of several camps set up for workers on the Pacific Railway
and Navigation Co. [PR&R] railway, which was built between Hillsboro and
Tillamook between 1906 and 1911.
Camp 12 was located where the Salmonberry
River met the Nehalem River ... the swinging bridge was constructed and
"served construction crews going to and from construction sites. The bridge,
was reached by ascending high ladders placed against the trunks of two trees
which served as anchorage at either end. Those who were timid would cross
it on their hands and knees. It rocked and swayed back and forth with a
broad sweep as one crossed it." [from the book PUNK, ROTTEN AND NASTY].
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