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Published on Sep 10, 2011
The Umpqua River Bridge on U.S. Highway 101 opened in 1936. No dedication ceremony occurred at that time due to the unavailability of President Franklin Roosevelt. The ceremony was postponed indefinitely. At 3pm on September 8, 2011, the bridge was opened and closed, followed by a ribbon cutting and cars from the 1910's, 1920s and 1930s crossed the bridge. It was finally officially dedicated. This is the only bridge in Oregon that still uses a swing span. It was designed by Conde B. McCullough, Oregon's Master Bridge Designer and Builder. This is also the first time I've ever gotten to witness it opening and closing in all the years I've lived here(9) or visited (17).