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The Benson Bridge

One day while out at the site with Simon Benson Lancaster remarked to the wealthy Portland lumberman and good roads enthusiast, that it would “be nice if there were a footbridge across the lower waterfall, with a path up to and across it so that visitors could…look up at that magnificent waterfall above, then without moving look down on the lower one into the pool below.” Benson asked what it might cost and Lancaster calculated the figures on the back of an envelope. Benson then wrote out a check for the amount and directed Lancaster to build it. The resulting footbridge is a 45’-0" reinforced-concrete deck arch, 105’ above the lower Multnomah Falls. The location provides a spectacular view of the upper falls. Benson later purchased nearly 1,000 acres along the Columbia River, including 140 acres around Multnomah Falls which he gave to Portland for a city park.

In 1914, the Pacific Bridge Company of Portland received the contract to construct the Crown Point Viaduct and several bridges along the 16-mile-long “waterfalls section” of the Historic Columbia River Highway, from Shepperds Dell Bridge to Horsetail Falls Bridge. As was common practice, the firm subcontracted portions of the work to other companies. Robert Lee Ringer, who previously completed an electric fountain on the state capitol grounds in Salem and had just completed the reinforced-concrete portions of the 500’ viaduct at Crown Point subcontracted work on the Multnomah Falls Footbridge. Ringer reminisced in 1967 that the Pacific Bridge Company “was too large to be concerned with the little bridge over the falls, especially at the end of the season.” As a “small-time contractor” who picked up “some lesser jobs along the highway” Ringer was ready and able to construct the bridge and finished it in the fall of 1914.

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I have recently been featured in NYC at the Photographer’s Expo, and won a action category competition with SanDisk Extreme Team, October 2010. I was featured on National Geographic’s web site in August 2007, and was an International award winner in Las Vegas, Nevada in March 2008. This year I have been featured on Idaho Magazine in the October issue, In Idaho’s Blue Book, and in December will be featured on Outdoor Idaho’s web page..“The State of our Parks.” and show.

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  • sunshine0
    sunshine0over 5 years ago

    Wow, just beautiful!

  • Thanks so much sunshine for all the sunshine you have given me.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • VaLover
    VaLoverover 5 years ago

    WOW!! Great shot I would love to see this!! Great job!

  • Thanks so much VaLover, this falls can be seen right from the interstate. I do hope you get to see it.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • frogster
    frogsterover 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot Charlene

  • Thanks so much my friend

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 5 years ago


  • Thanks EarthGipsy

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanover 5 years ago

    Great shot Charlene, nice effect with the slow shutter speed :-)

  • Thanks so much my friend.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • sunshine0
    sunshine0over 5 years ago

    Aww how nice, you are quite welcome Charlene! : )

  • Thanks again sunshine

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichover 5 years ago

    Very nice color and composition. Love the angle.

  • Thanks my friend for all your support.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • Mia1
    Mia1over 5 years ago

    Wow, simply lovely. :o)

  • Thanks so much Mia

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • Milos Markovic
    Milos Markovicover 5 years ago

    Striking photo.

  • Thanks again Milos

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • connieinwi
    connieinwiover 5 years ago

    Beautiful, what a wonderful capture….

  • Thanks so much Connie

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

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