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In 1891, Burnside Street was renamed from “B” street to take the name of Dan Wyman Burnside, a local businessman who was a proponent of the 1866 dredging of the Willamette River. Construction of the original Burnside Bridge began in November 1892, and the bridge opened on July 4, 1894. It was a swing-span truss bridge made of wrought iron and steel.
The replacement was part of a $4.5 million bond that also included the construction of the Ross Island and Sellwood bridges. The public would later learn that the contract was given for $500,000 more than the lowest bid. Three Multnomah County commissioners were recalled as a result of the scandal, and a new engineering company assumed control of the project.
The bridge opened on May 28, 1926, at a final cost of $4.5 million (including approaches). It is the only Willamette River bridge in Portland that was designed with input from an architect. This led to the Italian Renaissance towers and decorative metal railings.
Streetcars crossed the Burnside Bridge until 1950, and electric trolleybuses serving the Sandy Blvd. route did so from 1936 to 1958. Currently, three TriMet bus routes use the bridge.
In the 1990s the Burnside Bridge was made a Regional Emergency Transportation Route, the one non-freeway bridge to be used by emergency vehicles. In 1995 one of the six lanes was removed to accommodate new bicycle lanes. From March until November 2002 the bridge went through a $2.1 million seismic retrofit, making it the first bridge operated by Multnomah County to receive earthquake protection.
The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 2012.
The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament is pleased to annouce the selection of our 2018-2019 charity partner:
Camp KC is a program of Cascade AIDS Project (CAP). As a component of CAP’s year-round Kids Connection program, Camp KC is a great opportunity for children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS to spend a full week together, making new memories, and building trusting and supportive relationships, while enjoying a fun camping experience.
We will be raising funds, awareness, and donations for this project all year and look forward to working with the team to help enrich the lives of the children the camp serves.
For more information on Camp KC and their service mission – please check out: https://www.facebook.com/CampKCKidsconnection
Hey bowlers and friends –
At our Annual Meeting, held March 10, 2018, the Board of Directors held elections for our 2018 – 2020 director positions.
President: Nick Church
Secretary: Wes Risher
Treasurer: Greg Hess
Additionally, we established two new director positions: (which are presently vacant.)
If you have interest in serving on the Board of Directors of the Bridgetown Invitational Non-Profit Corporation, please see Nick, Wes or Greg.
Finally, the Board of Directors reviewed, amended, and accepted the following change to the mission statement of the Corporation and the Bridgetown Invitational Tournament:
The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament (BIT) exists to foster unity, communication, diversity, and fellowship among individuals and to promote the sport of bowling by enriching the lives of LGBTQ community members, friends, and our allies through social opportunities as a member tournament of IGBO, an international gay bowling organization.
We are continuing to plan a successful and fun Fifth Annual tournament. If you’re interested in helping out please let, Wes, Greg, or Nick know.
Our Present Board and Tournament Committee is here: http://bitbowl.org/committee/