Sunrise on the frosted Vance Creek Bridge in the Olympic National Forest. At 348 feet high it is the second largest arch train-bridge ever constructed in the United States. Its neighbor the High Steel Bridge is the tallest at 427 feet and is now a one-lane vehicle bridge.
The second highest railway arch bridge ever built in the United States, the Vance Creek arch bridge soars 348 feet above a thick forest valley in Washington State’s Olympic peninsula. Originally constructed in 1929 by the Simpson Logging Company, the bridge was eventually abandoned and has neither tracks nor a roadway on top of it. Located several miles north on the same rail line and still in use as a road bridge since 1950 is the High Steel bridge over the South Fork of the Skokomish river and the highest arch bridge ever built for a U.S. rail line at 427 feet. Both bridges were built by the American Bridge Company.