Trinity Western University

1968

Bridge Out

We were still pinching ourselves in early 1969 [sic] to believe that we actually had our beautiful, spacious dining-dormitory facility finished and fully occupied.
There came a time that year when we pinched ourselves again – as we watched our picturesque little bridge float down the Salmon River and into oblivion. Unseasonable spring weather melted mountain snows to cause serious flooding conditions in the Fraser Valley. There was no access to the campus other than walking the railroad tracks.
Coming to our rescue, the police and highway departments arranged an emergency entrance from the freeway directly to the backside of the campus for service vehicles to bring food and supplies.
Calvin B. Hanson, On the Raw Edge of Faith, p. 161

Archivist’s note: photographs depicting the bridge with its deck washed out are stamped with a processing date of 31.1.68

For more about the bridge, see also: Amanda Smith. “It’s Water Over the Bridge,” Trinity Western, Winter 2004, p. 34. [TWU Archives: Coll 4 B 7 File 12]

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    1968 Flood

    The flood of 1968 completely washed away the bridge deck.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-1599]

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    Bridge Repair

    The newly repaired bridge, ca. 1969.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-4156]

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    Rising Waters

    Water on the rise again, 1971.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-0606]

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    More Repairs

    Bridge reconstruction, 1982; the sign reads, "Bridge repair - anticipate delays of 1 hour."

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-0610]

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    Glover Road Parking Lot

    Construction-related delays meant that Glover Road was temporarily converted into a parking lot in 1982.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-0628]

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