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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

Chehalis, North
Starting at: $116.00

Relax Inn

Chehalis, North
Starting at: $70.00

Places to eat nearby

Matrix Coffeehouse

434 NW Prindle St.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-0492
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Wendy's (Chehalis)

1509 NW Louisiana Ave.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-8320
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The Shire

465 NW Chehalis Ave.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-3720
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Agate Creek Cellars

105 Agate Creek Lane,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-1692
12:00-5:00pm Saturday only
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Grabajava Espresso

1249 S. Market Blvd.,
Chehalis, WA
(360) 748-8231
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Mackinaw's

545 N. Market Blvd. #1,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-8000
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Heymann Whinery

731 SW 21st St.,
Chehalis, WA 98531
(360) 623-1106
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King's Restaurant

1780 N. National Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-9702
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Upcoming events in the area

Spring Youth Fair

May 5-7, 2017 from 5:00pm-5:00pm

35th Annual Lewis County Historical Ride

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:00am

WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners Plant Sale

May 13-14, 2017 from 9:00am-5:00pm

Relay for Life of Lewis County

May 19-20, 2017 from 4:00pm-5:00pm