Footbridge over Deschutes placed in use 40 years ago

Forty years ago this month Bend residents started crossing the Deschutes river on a new footbridge.

The bridge crossed the Mirror Pond about half way between the Bend Power & Light Co. plant and the Tumalo Avenue wagon bridge. The span was build by M.J. McDanielson, local contractor. He ended his work in February to permit the rustic railing of pine poles to season.

The bridge was sturdily built, to prevent a repetition of the accident in the previous December when a flood swept away the Bend Company footbridge.

Promise by City Engineer R. B. Gould that the river would be kept open to boating were fulfilled: The new span had a maximum clearance of five feet.

Source: The Bend Bulletin ©1960