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"Pasco-Kennewick 'Cable' Bridge, Washington"
Includes ... Pasco-Kennewick Bridge ... "Cable Bridge" ... Pasco-Kennewick Intercity Bridge ... Ed Hendler Memorial Bridge ... The Golden Age of Postcards ...
Image, 2005, Cable Bridge, click to enlarge
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Sunset on the "Cable Bridge", Kennewick, Washington. Image taken September 24, 2005.


Pasco-Kennewick "Cable Bridge" ...
The Pasco-Kennewick "Cable Bridge" spans the Columbia River between Pasco and Kennewick at Columbia River Mile (RM) 328.5. The bridge opened in September 1978 as a replacement for an existing "Intercity Bridge" which was built in 1922 (see "The Golden Age of Postcards" below). Upstream of the bridge is Clover Island and the Pasco-Kennewick "Blue" Bridge. Downstream is an old railroad bridge, still in use. Three miles downstream is Washington's Sacajawea State Park which offers a view of both bridges. The "Cable Bridge" is officially known as the Ed Hendler Memorial Bridge, named after a former mayor of Pasco, who helped promote the construction of the bridge.

Image, 2006, Cable Bridge from Clover Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Pasco-Kennewick "Cable Bridge" from Clover Island. Image taken September 29, 2006.
Image, 2006, Cable Bridge from Clover Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Pasco-Kennewick "Cable Bridge" from Clover Island. Image taken September 29, 2006.
Image, 2006, Cable Bridge from Clover Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Pasco-Kennewick "Cable Bridge" from Clover Island. Image taken September 29, 2006.


Cable Bridges ...
The Pasco-Kennewick "Cable Bridge" opened in September 1978 as a replacement for an existing "Intercity Bridge" built in 1922 (see "The Golden Age of Postcards" below). This new "Cable Bridge" is 2,503 feet with a center span of 752 feet. At the time of construction it was the longest cable-stayed bridge in the United States. Today many bridges in the U.S. surpass this length, with the longest being Florida's Dames Point Bridge with a center span of 1,295 feet, built in 1989. The world record is held by Japan's Tatara Ohashi Bridge linking Honshu and Shikoku Islands, which has a center span of 2,919 feet. In 2003 China began construction for an even longer bridge, the Sutong Highway Bridge over the Yangtze River, a cable-stayed bridge with a main span of 3,570 feet, and is expected to be open for traffic in 2008.

Views of the Bridge ...
Good views of the Pasco-Kennewick "Cable Bridge" can be had from around the Pasco and Kennewick area, including Clover Island and Sacajawea State Park.

Image, 2005, Cable Bridge, click to enlarge
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Cables, "Cable Bridge", Kennewick, Washington. The old railroad bridge crossing the Columbia can be seen in the background. Image taken September 24, 2005.
Image, 2003, Cable Bridge, Washington, click to enlarge
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Pasco-Kennewick "Cable Bridge", as seen from Sacajawea State Park. Image taken September 29, 2003.
Image, 2005, Cable Bridge from Sacajawea State Park, click to enlarge
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Pasco-Kennewick "Cable Bridge", as seen from Sacajawea State Park. In the foreground is an old railroad bridge, still in use. Image taken September 25, 2005.
Image, 2005, Clover Island and the Cable Bridge, Washington, click to enlarge
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Clover Island and the "Cable Bridge". View from upstream near Columbia Park. Image taken September 24, 2005.
Image, 2006, Clover Island Inn, Washington, click to enlarge
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Clover Island Inn and "Cable Bridge", Clover Island. Image taken September 29, 2006.
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Dock houses and "Cable Bridge", Clover Island. Image taken September 29, 2006.


"The Golden Age of Postcards" ...

The early 1900s was the "Golden Age of Postcards", with the "Penny Postcard" being a popular way to send greetings to family and friends. Today the Penny Postcard has become a snapshot of history.

Penny Postcard, Bridge crossing the Columbia between Pasco and Kennewick, ca.1930
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Penny Postcard: "Intercity Bridge" crossing the Columbia River between Pasco and Kennewick, Washington, ca.1930. Penny Postcard, Postmarked 1930, "Columbia River Bridge between Pasco and Kennewick, Wash." This bridge was constructed in 1922. It was replaced by a cable-suspension bridge in 1978. Published by J.L. Robbins Co., Spokane, Washington. Card #1855. Card is postmarked September 2, 1930. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Columbia River from Pasco-Kennewick Bridge, ca.1940s
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Penny Postcard: Columbia River from the Pasco-Kennewick Bridge, ca.1940s. Penny Postcard, ca.1940s, "Columbia River From Pasco-Kennewick Bridge." Ellis Photo #2866. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 17, 1805 ...
I took two men in a Small Canoe and assended the Columbia river 10 miles to an Island [Bateman Island] near the Stard. Shore on which two large Mat Lodges of Indians were drying Salmon, ... there is no timber of any Sort except Small willow bushes in Sight in any direction - from this Island the natives showed me the enterance of a large Westerly fork which they Call Tâpetętt [Yakima River] at about 8 miles distant, the evening being late I deturmined to return to the forks [Snake River with the Columbia River, to their camp at today's Sacajawea State Park], at which place I reached at Dark.     from the point [Sacajawea State Park] up the Columbia River is N. 83° W. 6 miles to the lower point of an Island near the Lard. Side     passed a Island in the middle of the river at 5 miles [Clover Island] at the head of which is a rapid, not dangerous on the Lard Side opposite to this rapid is a fishing place 3 Mat Lodges, and great quants. of Salmon on Scaffolds drying. ...

[Today the Pasco-Kennewick "Blue Bridge" is located at the upsteam head of Clover Island and the "Cable Bridge" is located on the downstream side.]

The Waters of this river is Clear, and a Salmon may be Seen at the deabth of 15 or 20 feet. West 4 miles to the lower point of a large island [Bateman Island] near the Stard. Side at 2 Lodges, passed three large lodges on the Stard Side near which great number of Salmon was drying on Scaffolds ...

[Today Columbia Park is located on the south side of the Columbia between Clover Island and Bateman Island, and stretches from Kennewick to Richland, with Pasco on the other side. Today these three cities are known as the "Tri-Cities".]

I Set out & halted or came too on the Island at the two Lodges [Bateman Island]. Several fish was given to me, in return for Which I gave Small pieces of ribbond from those Lodges the natives Showed me the mouth of Tap teel River [Yakima River] about 8 miles above on the west Side this western fork appears to beare nearly West, The main Columbia river N W.- a range of high land to the S W [Horse Heaven Hills] and parralal to the river and at the distance of 2 miles on the Lard. Side, the countrey low on the Stard. Side, and all Coverd. with a weed or plant about 2 & three feet high and resembles the whins. I can proceive a range of mountains to the East which appears to bare N. & South distant about 50 or 60 miles [Blue Mountains]. no wood to be Seen in any derection ...





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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources: "CHINAdaily.com" website, 2005; Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering website, 2005; Tri-Cities Visitors and Convention Bureau website, 2005; Washington Department of Transportation website, 2005.

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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