“a bridge built for squirrels”
After witnessing so many cute, little squirrels getting hit by cars while attempting to cross Olympia Way, to make it to the land of nuts and honey (i.e. the heavily-wooded Civic Center area), Amos Peters decided to do something about it. So, in 1963 he helped establish a sky-bridge over Olympia Way. Tacoma councilwoman named the bridge Nutty Narrows Bridge, after the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The 60-foot-long mini-suspension bridge was mad with aluminum and a “retired firehose”. It cost $1,000. Peters had been caring for the bridge for decades, when in 1983 he had to take it down for repairs. When it was completed, over 300 children and local politicians attended the re-dedication ceremony along with “special guests Chip 'n' Dale and Mickey Mouse from Disneyland.” A year later, Amos died. In his memory the town built a 10-foot wooden squirrel sculpture in his honor. Currently the bridge stands 100 yards down from its original location, and connects R. A. Long Park at the Civic Center with the Longview Public Library. In 2013, the Longview City Council deemed the bridge worthy of a place on the Longview Register of Historic Places. Since the original bridge was constructed, two more bridges were built for safe squirrel passage, one on Kessler Blvd and one of Nichols Blvd. -Roadtrippers The Nutty Narrows Bridge is a squirrel bridge in Longview, Washington. It has the title of the "World's Narrowest Bridge" and also the "World's Narrowest Animal Crossing." The Nutty Narrows was named by a local councilwoman after the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Super cute and honestly worth it to find if you have been driving for a while! It’s on a road that sits between a high school and Lake Sakajawea (?) park!
It’s very pretty in the fall.
This was a fun excuse to get off the freeway. It took a bit of searching to find.
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Nutty Narrows Bridge
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