I could do a whole series on Portland Bridges. We have a couple of them….or more like 12 of them, if my memory is correct. I’ll have to keep that in mind if I get desperate for pictures down the road.
This first bridge is our favorite. It’s the St John’s Bridge.
What makes this bridge special is that it is a suspension bridge. In fact, it was built before the Golden Gate Bridge and by the same designer. Below the other end of this bridge is a part called Cathedral Park. The supports for the road on that side are shaped like the inside of a cathedral. Because it is on the river, they hold the annual Pirate Festival there in the fall.
Last year, DJ and her class studied the bridges. For their science fair project, they were supposed to make a replica of their favorite Portland Bridge. She wanted to build the St John’s Bridge, so she and I built a real suspension bridge modeled after the St John’s Bridge. It was huge, but pretty cool because she saw exactly how a suspension bridge worked. Suspension bridges are cool.