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Northern Pacific Railway Newaukum River Bridge

Once part of the Northern Pacific Railway line extending to South Bend, the Newaukum River Bridge on the present-day Willapa Hills Trail is the oldest known bridge still in use in Lewis County.

Just beyond the Chehalis trailhead at the end of Hillburger Road, the bridge greets those using the trail nearly immediately as the iron structure carries trail traffic over the Newaukum River just before the river’s confluence with the Chehalis River.

What once carried trains is now only open to non-motorized trail traffic. The former Northern Pacific Railway line ended its passenger service in the mid-1950s, and the track was vacated in the coming decades. Washington State Parks purchased the former line and converted it into a trail that has become very popular with cyclists, runners, walkers and horseback riders.

This bridge was built in 1896 by the Pencoyd Iron Works of Pennsylvania. A plaque on the south end of the bridge, heavily rusted, shows the date of construction.

Though not on a historic register, this structure is recognized as a critical component of the early transportation infrastructure of Lewis County. Today, it carries one of Washington state’s most scenic trail corridors across a peaceful stretch of river.

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Places to stay nearby

Best Western Plus Park Place Inn

Chehalis, North
Starting at: $98.00

Econo Lodge

Chehalis, North
Starting at: $73.00

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

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Starting at: $116.00

Relax Inn

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Starting at: $70.00

Places to eat nearby

Jeremy's Farm to Table

576 W. Main St.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-4417
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Sahara Pizza (Chehalis)

109 N. Market Blvd.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-0600
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Avenue Espresso (Chehalis)

1757 N. National Ave.,
Chehalis, WA
(360) 740-6140
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Grabajava Espresso

1249 S. Market Blvd.,
Chehalis, WA
(360) 748-8231
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The Restaurant

1757 N. National Ave.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-6686
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McDonald's

1601 NW Louisiana Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-6238
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Little Casears Pizza

1201 NW Louisiana Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-3309

Rumors

543 NW Pacific Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-1957
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Upcoming events in the area

Ride the Willapa 2017

June 24-25, 2017 from 7:00am-5:00pm

Billetproof

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9:00am

July 4th Summerfest

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 7:00am

Kids' Day at Yard Birds

Saturday, July 8, 2017 10:00am-2:00pm