Hansen Bridge Overlook

The paved Hansen Bridge Overlook includes parking, a rock monument, historic marker 393 (Hansen Bridge), and the name plate for the 1919 original bridge. Sensational views from the overlook are provided of the beryl-green Snake River with its ragged cliffs and dazzling beauty. A trail extends along the rim on adjacent BLM land.

Until 1919, when a high suspension bridge was completed here, the river gorge could be crossed only in a rowboat. With 14 cables, each more than 900 feet long, a $100,000 suspension bridge was wide enough to accommodate two lanes of farm wagons or early cars. From the bridge deck, nearly 400 feet above the Snake River, travelers had a spectacular view that can still be seen from the replacement bridge built in 1966.

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