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Yaquina Bay Bridge | by Kirt Edblom
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Yaquina Bay Bridge

Long before modern paved highways were common, rugged and sometimes muddy wagon roads provided the only access to the Oregon Coast. Travel to the north and south was often along the shoreline at low tide.With the advent of automobile travel, construction on a coastal highway began in 1919, sometimes called the Roosevelt Military Highway. The final link in Oregon's Coastal Highway was the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Construction began in 1934 and completed in 1936. This New Deal construction project employed 220 men, pouring over 30,000 cubic yards of concrete and erecting over 3100 tons of steel. When completed, the Oregon Coastal Highway was coupled up with Washington and California's project, creating a continuous roadway from Canada to Mexico.

Newport, centrally located on Oregon coast, has been a favorite tourist destination since the 1860s. Seafood lovers enjoy bountiful Pacific catches as well as the succulent Yaquina Bay oyster that made Newport world famous. Today, visitors marvel at the Oregon Coast Aquarium that includes six acres of shoreline cliffs, rocky caves, tide pools, nature trails and the largest seabird aviary in North America. For those that love the beach, the Newport chamber suggests South Beach State Park, Cobble Beach, Nye Beach and the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

 

This is a 3 shot panorama stitched using Panorama Maker 6.

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Taken on February 18, 2017