The Bridge for Squirrels — The Nutty Narrows Bridge

The Nutty Narrows Bridge is a squirrel bridge in Longview, Washington. Before the bridge was built, squirrels had to avoid speeding traffic by running across the street to eat a nutty feast at an office building and back again to a park with large trees.

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Back to 1963, Amos Peters, after seeing many squirrels being flattened, decided to protect squirrels and give them a way to cross a busy thoroughfare without getting killed by passing cars. The original sky-bridge was built over Olympia Way near the Civic Center in downtown Longview. Designed to look like a mini-suspension bridge, the 60-foot-long (18 m) span and made of an aluminum piping covered with a retired firehose to create the roadway. The total cost for the bridge was $1000.

In 1983, Peters took down the bridge for repairs. Crosspieces were replaced and the faded sign was repainted. Upon its completion, the bridge was re-dedicated with special guests Chip ‘n’ Dale and Mickey Mouse from Disneyland. Also in attendance were 300 children and local dignitaries.Upon Peters’ death in 1984, a ten-foot wooden squirrel sculpture was placed near the bridge in his memory.

Today due to the anchor trees supporting the bridge growing old and beginning to rot, the bridge was moved 100 yards east in 2007 to its current location connecting R.A. Long Park at the Civic Center to the Longview Public Library over Olympia Way. In 2010 it was moved again after being determinded to be a traffic hazard. It is now “three trees from its original spot over Olympia Way”. On July 25, 2013 the Longview City Council voted to place the Nutty Narrows Bridge on the Longview Register of Historic Places. It is also listed on the Washington Heritage Register, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. [source]

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Aug. 8, 2011: Nutty Narrows Bridge in Longview, WA.
Aug. 8, 2011: Nutty Narrows Bridge in Longview, WA.

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Text Source — Wikipedia


  1. Reblogged this on My Bipolar Adventures and commented:
    Gudsol – the blog that never ceases to amaze me. You gotta check this out! “The Nutty Narrows Bridge”… For squirrels! If they only had one for people… I think I’d visit quite often. 😉

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