I’m talking about the suicide bridge in Portland, Oregon. It’s really a beautifully arched bridge connecting the Kings Hill area of downtown with the Portland Heights. It was built in 1925 to replace the Ford Street Bridge that carried street cars up to Council Crest, the highest peak in Portland, until 1950.
The bridge is used for cars and foot traffic. Underneath SW Jefferson Street connects downtown with Highway 26 which heads west to the coast. The MAX light rail also passes under the arch.
Why it became the most used bridge for jumping I do not know. As recently as January 2012, someone jumped to their death. I just can’t imagine being so depressed to resort to this and at each end signs are posted giving a hot line to call for help.
However, it is a beautiful bridge that offers both views of the city skyline looking east and the forested park of Washington Park when you look west.
There are several curved out areas with concrete benches allowing you to rest as you head up the hill….and I mean a hill. It’s steep but worth the walk to wander around the streets of beautiful older 20th century homes. I spent about 4 hours walking up and down the streets on the east side of SW Vista. I’ll cover the neighborhood later in the week and show you one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants.
(all photos were taken with my old Canon Elan 7ne and either Kodak Gold 200 or Kodak Portra 160 film.)