Saturday, September 20, 2008

I'm Back!!!


Whenever I'm returning from the Seattle area, crossing the Fred G. Redmon Memorial Bridge is the signal that we are almost home again--even though there are still quite a few miles to go to my own corner of the Valley. The bridge, north of Selah, marks the beginning of the Yakima Valley for me.
A plaque erected at a nearby rest stop by the Washington State Highway Commission in 1971 tells that "by Senate Resolution 1969-EX-40, the Washington State Legislature dedicated these imposing structures crossing Selah Creek Canyon in honor of Fred G. Redmon, resident of Yakima, first chairman of the Washington State Highway Commission and distinguished member of the Washington State Senate from 1964 through 1968. With a height of 325 feet from top of arch to canyon floor, supporting b ridge lanes 1336 feet long and reaching 549 feet across the canyon, these are the two longest concrete arch spans in the United States to date, a fitting memorial to one of Washington State's most prominent citizens."

5 comments:

Tash said...

I know what you mean about some structures signifying home. I'm very partial to bridges - so I just love this post. Welcome back home & congrats again on your worthy, worthwhile accomplishment.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Glad you are back and that bridge is something else. It looks to me like a mountain. What a photographer you are. An inspiration to all.

CrazyCath said...

I love this bridge. It is an example of the beauty of human craftsmanship.

PERBS said...

This bridge seems familiar -- did you use it for Bridges Between? It is very interesting . . . and to think you get to see it often!

Anonymous said...

That bridge is named after my grandfather and always makes me proud to know that he is forever immortalized.

Heather Redmon