Clackamas County Real Estate History: What was once first is now lost to time

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Clackamas County Real Estate History: What was once first is now lost to time. The picture below is a picture of a long abandoned railroad bridge, but what is significant about the bridge is that it was a race to finish it.

Clackamas County Real Estate History

Back in the early days of the railroad there were two competing railroads and unlike today’s government where they pay people to create things like this, our government did something that was genius! They took the two railroads and pitted them against each other. One wanted to build a track on the Eastside of the Willamette River and the other who wanted it on the Westside.

The deal was the first one to finish the tracks would get to build and complete the line to the south which would mean big money for the railroads, but also the businesses to the area. The Eastside won and got to complete the line to the south making them millions! Everyone had to pay them to use their lines to bring goods to and from the south.

But, in reality it was a win for both the east and the west sides of the river. They now had lines on both sides of the river that cost the government nothing to build other than obtaining the land that was used. Over the years the bridge was considered to unsafe to use any longer and so it was abandoned, but never dismantled. Many hope that one day, like many other rail lines in Portland, it will be rebuilt in to a pedestrian bridge. So, now you know the history behind the Clackamas County bridge that was once first, but now is lost to time.

Clackamas County Real Estate History: What was once first is now lost to time

Comments (6)

Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

What a pleasant stroll down memory lane.  And what a great picture, you really DO get around!

Oct 21, 2011 04:58 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hi Todd -

A very interesting post on the train tracks and the history behind them. Thanks for sharing I find myself learning more daily from your post.

Best regards from the Q

Oct 21, 2011 05:06 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Todd, I am a bit of a history buff and love to hear such stories. Wouldn't it be nice if our government did this today?

Oct 21, 2011 07:10 PM
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Very interesting and quite risky for the railroad companies. Thanks for sharing this story. I love it.


Oct 21, 2011 10:27 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Todd, a great piece of history and how it was done right at one time to make this a more competitive economy and benefit the

Oct 21, 2011 11:19 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Too bad politicians today aren't that creative and able to think outside the box.

Oct 22, 2011 12:46 PM