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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

Starbucks (Chehalis)

1531 NW Louisiana Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-9140
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Heymann Whinery

731 SW 21st St.,
Chehalis, WA 98531
(360) 623-1106
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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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Sweet Inspirations

514 N. Market Blvd.
Chehalis, WA 98531
(360) 748-7102
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King's Restaurant

1780 N. National Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-9702
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Rumors

543 NW Pacific Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-1957
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Once Upon a Thyme

1090 NW State Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-8944
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Black Sheep Creamery/Ewe & I

570 N Market Blvd.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 345-1507
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Upcoming events in the area

37th Annual Lewis County Historical Ride

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:00am

Ride the Willapa 2019

June 22-23, 2019 from 7:00am-5:00pm