Benson Footbridge Across the Multnomah Falls

Chuck Gardner

Veneta, United States

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Multnomah Falls is the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the nation. The water of the Falls drops 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain. Unusually cold weather can freeze the plummeting water into a majestic ice-sickle. It is fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies, usually it’s highest during winter and spring.
The complementing architecture around the falls, Benson Footbridge and Multnomah Falls Lodge are features that makes this waterfall special.
Benson Bridge, crafted by Italian stone masons, allows visitors to cross the falls between it’s lower and upper cataracts. In 1914, Simon Benson, a prominent businessman and owner of the falls at that time, erected the bridge. Before then, a log bridge was in its place. Benson gave the 300 acre site to the City of Portland. In 1943, final ownership of the site and lodge was transferred to the USDA Forest Service.
The Lodge was built in 1925 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Historic American Engineering Record, Multnomah Falls Footbridge (Benson Footbridge), HAER 0R-OR-36-I
Taken with a Canon PowerShot SX10 IS on Aug 26, 2009 while on a day trip up the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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