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Sunset Boulevard Bridge

Sunset Boulevard Bridge
Latah Creek Bridge
. Intersection of Coeur d'Alene Street and Sunset Boulevard See Map
Morton McCartney/ J.F. Cunningham

The Latah Creek Bridge, construction of which began in 1911, was Spokane’s second monumental concrete arch bridge. Composed of a series of Roman or semi-circular arches, the Latah Creek Bridge spans 1,070 feet with seven semi-circular arch spans 128 to 150 feet across.  As is evident in the many similarities between this bridge and the Monroe Street Bridge, many of the people who were responsible for design and construction were involved in the development of both structures. Like the Monroe Street Bridge, the Latah Creek Bridge is an early example within the state of a long-span fixed-end arch. Although the semi-circular arches of the bridge were reminiscent of an earlier age of concrete and masonry arch construction, the steel reinforcement of the concrete structure pointed towards the future in concrete arch design.

Nomination (PDF)