Burnside Bridge
Burnside Bridge
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,930 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
This historic and relative attractive bridge is definitely worth a walk across. Each end provides insight to different slices of life as it's easy to explore inner city Portland from the east and the west. It's not a long walk and it allows for nice views of the city, especially at night.
Written 28 May 2019
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william t
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
It may look like any other bridge, part of an aging, crumbling U.S. infrastructure, but neglect is precisely why its historic. Under this bridge is where skateboarding decided it was tired of being a crime. A gritty, grimy area that was tossed as a peace offering in hopes of solving the great dilemma of the time. what to do with the alternative youth. Back when i first saw it, it was little more than a wall with a transition. Over the years its been built and re-built as skating evolved. Back then, i never thought i would see skateboarding recognized as an Olympic sport, but here we are. Burnside did not single -handedly make that happen, but it was part of the fuse that fired the first shots in a grassroots revolution. Before Nike, before Tony Hawk pro skater, before accepting skateboarding as a sport, we were making moves. Never let anyone tell you your passion isn't worth pursuing.
Written 25 March 2019
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Mark
Amersham, UK1,919 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Its a bridge... the only reason for going is to see the view of the "Oregon" white stag sign. Other than that it is a bridge. Coming from London that it is a bascule bridge may be of interest to others but didn't really stand out for us.
Written 10 March 2018
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Phil G
Kitchener, Canada632 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
We saw this bridge while in Portland. We saw lots of bridges. This was just one more - nothing more even though it was nice to look at.
Written 21 July 2017
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Tony A
Salt Lake City, UT75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
Definitely worth a walk across this bridge for the views you'll see. It's relatively quick, maybe 10 minutes or so. Sidewalks aren't super wide though, so the traffic will feel close.
Written 19 April 2017
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Bryan H
Portland, OR1,630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
There are plenty other bridges in town that are more interesting than this one. (Check out the new pedestrian bridge or the Hawthorne bridge, for example.) But, this bridge can be handy. First off, rarely do they raise it ... only when the navy fleet, for example, arrives or leaves for the Rose Parade. Secondly it is wide ... which is useful if you want to bike or walk ... and not deal with vertigo issues or other heavy non-car traffic. The rerouting they've done on the Eastside has made entrance onto the bridge easier (and safer) in recent years. Do keep an eye out for glass if you're biking across. If you're biking over to downtown, my suggestion would be to take a lower SE street to cross over to Burnside, and then to circle back onto the bridge to make your way into the business of downtown traffic.
Written 30 March 2017
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RSNN
Portland, OR5,804 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
The Burnside Bridge is a Strauss-type double-leaf bascule bridge built in 1926 that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Two Italian Renaissance towers stand on the south side of the bridge giving it a very distinctive appearance.

There are pedestrian walkways on both the north and south sides of the Burnside Bridge. As well as bicycle lanes for those who enjoy the feel of the air rushing past their face. And the thrill of vehicles rushing past their bodies.

The deck of the bridge is made of concrete. The lifting of the bascule draw span is controlled by the Hawthorne Bridge operator, except when the river is at high levels. Then it is controlled by an operator in the west tower of the Burnside Bridge.

I have only been on the bridge when the bascule draw span was being lifted to allow a tall ship to pass. This is something you can witness for yourself around Rose Festival time when the US Navy has a few ships come to Portland to dock along the waterfront during this annual event.

Heading west across the bridge you can easily see the famous White Stage sign atop the old White Stag building at 70 NW Couch Street in Old Town. At night it comes alive– blazing with neon and incandescent light. During the Christmas holiday season the White Stag seams to catch a cold from the winter chill and develops a bright red nose.

You can walk down a flight of stairs from the top of the Burnside Bridge that leads down to the Eastbank Esplanade, if you wish to walk along this river level path that runs from the Steel Bridge all the way south to the Hawthorne Bridge.
Written 15 March 2017
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Shelley M
Terrebonne, OR38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
Although not the most beautiful, it's one of the oldest, most historic with easy pedestrian access at both the east and west ends. Also, close to restaurants, taverns and the famous Saturday Market.
Written 22 August 2016
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David Noad
Myrtle Beach, SC56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
I'm not sure why this was ranked in the top attractions of Portland, but please trust me...Portland has much more to offer. Curse as you're stuck in traffic waiting on this bridge, but don't visit it and call it an attraction.
Written 19 August 2016
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Cameron M
Mobile, AL728 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
There is easy pedestrian access to both sides of the river to loop between the other bridges. One can see the semi-famous huge old-school Portland sign, but you can't really get a good picture because of the trees growing up in front of it. The south west end hosts the famous Saturday Market, and the northwest end has the homeless shelter.
Written 20 May 2016
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