It’s called suicide

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.

bridge dedication

the old light posts

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.

looking west toward Washington Park

looking down at MAX light rail

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.

posted to get help

concrete reenforced arches

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.

looking toward the city

seats for resting

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.

why do people have to mark up historic sites?

(all photos were taken with my old Canon Elan 7ne and either Kodak Gold 200 or Kodak Portra 160 film.)

About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me.
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One Response to It’s called suicide

  1. simon0252 says:

    Wonderful looking bridge. Let’s hope no one else jumps off it.

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