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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

Black Sheep Creamery/Ewe & I

570 N Market Blvd.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 345-1507
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The Shire

465 NW Chehalis Ave.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-3720
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Rumors

543 NW Pacific Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-1957
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Chehalis Deli

355 NW Chehalis Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-6021
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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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Applebee's

1670 NW Louisiana Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-1800
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Once Upon a Thyme

1090 NW State Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-8944
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Fiddlers Coffee (Chehalis)

101 SW Interstate Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-7771
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Upcoming events in the area

ARTrails of Southwest Washington Gala & Studio Tours

September 15-24, 2017 from 5:00pm-6:30pm

2017 Farmers Market Harvest Dinner

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 5:00pm