Bridge Leads Other Places Than Just Crossing The Columbia River
Travelers heading down I-84, to or from Portland, Oregon, through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, really dont know what to think when seeing the name Bridge Of Gods upon their road map. It is an interesting structure, in a picturesque setting, worth a visit. But, if you are a romantic, this is one crossing you need to make, especially if heading for Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Perhaps knowing the story, you might even plan on staying a few more days visiting Mt. Hoods Lost Lake (an Oregon icon) and Mt. Adams Bird Creek Meadows, before doing the monument. Kind of a before, and after, volcano visit.
The story of how the original natural rock Bridge of Gods spanning the Columbia River at the Cascades came to be destroyed (or created, and then destroyed) may be found abbreviated on cafe placemats, misrepresented on postcards, or slanted in local chamber of commerce publications to support their members businesses. (continued next page)