Three bridges are in view in this scene, which looks
over the Willamette River. Closer to the camera, trains are passing in each direction along the
upper lift portion of Steel Bridge.
The structure atop the center span houses the equipment that controls the
independent raising and lowering of the two levels. The small
operator's facility is right below it. It seems to be
Broadway Bridge, next crossing up over the Willamette, is the rust-colored
in the middle distance.
Beyond that the double-deck, high-level Fremont Bridge carries freeway traffic.
The Willamette joins the Columbia a few miles northwest of here, and the
Columbia leads to the Pacific Ocean near territory surveyed for the nation
by the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Ocean freighters come as far down as to
this vicinity, but no further. Broadway Bridge has to raise its
bascule lift for ships to service the large grain terminal on the Eastside
between it and Steel Bridge.