longest cantilever through-truss bridge in the world was opened
in late August 1966. Construction had started in November four years
earlier. Completion of the bridge was the last link on the Pacific
Coast Highway connecting Mexico and Canada.
Prior to the
bridge’s construction, a ferry (which couldn’t operate in inclement
weather) connected Oregon with Washington. The original $24 million
cost was recouped by a toll which was removed on Christmas Eve,
clearance is 196 feet at high tide) and is 4.1 miles long. The main
superstructure is nearest to the Oregon side. Astoria, Oregon is
a highly-polished community with a lot to offer the historic tourist.
It has been the backdrop of at least five movies – the two most
widely-seen being The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop.
The town dates from the early 1800s and has a remarkable masonry
tower which provides a spectacular view of town and bridge.