|Rainbow Bridge viewed from replacement bridge just downstream|
|Rainbow bridge as viewed from upstream|
The bridge was documented and added to the Library of Congress's Historic American Engineering Record in the mid 1990s. According to the documentation, hundreds of this type of bridge were constructed, but this was the only three span one in the US. Only a few of the bridges remain. This one was closed to vehicle traffic in 1985 and it sits as the centerpiece of Rainbow Bend Park. Unfortunately it appears that it is a frequent target for local youths armed with cans of spray paint. Check out the HAER survey on the Library of Congress website IA-46. It has 2 drawings, 8 photos and a dozen pages of written documentation describing it's construction in 1914 to it's closure and bypass in 1985.