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Tilikum Crossing

December 11, 2015


With a series of storms heading our way, Mrs. Chatterbox and I decided to visit the new Tilikum Crossing last week. Downtown Portland has a dozen bridges, giving the city one of its nicknames (Bridge City) but no new structures have been built to span the Willamette River dividing Portland since 1973.


During the late 80s and early 90s, Federal money was offered to US cities interested in expanding light rail, with the goal of alleviating congestion and pollution. Portland was one of only a handful of cities to accept matching Federal funds, and this year a new bridge, designed and operated by TriMet, Portland’s regional transit authority, opened to the public to carry light rail, buses and pedestrians across the river.


In honor of native Americans, the bridge was named The Tilikum Crossing, Tilikum being a native word for people—The People’s Crossing. It’s quickly becoming a popular pedestrian attraction. Here are photos taken from the crossing before the rain set in:




The light rail and pedestrian walkway




A cold day for this paddle wheel





Mt. Hood in the distance




People with a lot of energy enjoying the river




 Beyond the Ross Island Bridge is a bird sanctuary on the Willamette River



It was a glorious Oregon day, cold but dry and clear. Unfortunately, the nice weather didn’t last. As you’ve probably heard on the news, we’re currently experiencing a series of storms blowing in from the Pacific.


This photograph is currently being circulated showing just how wet it is in Portland. A picture might be worth a thousand words and seeing is often believing, but I doubt it’s wet enough to lure Nessie away from Scotland’s Lock Ness.





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Your photos showcase a beautiful city. I'm surprised you haven't written about the magic of Portland... notwithstanding Nessie's choice to remain in Scotland.
By: Daniel LaFrance on December 11, 2015
Cincinnati has a nice pedestrian bridge over the Ohio river (the Purple People Bridge) - it's very popular. There's just something about walking across a wide expanse of water...
By: The Bug on December 11, 2015
LOVE the photo of Nessie!!
By: fishducky on December 11, 2015
Beautiful pictures especially Mt. Hood! I think it would take a lot more than that to lure Ness out of Scotland!
By: Bouncin Barb on December 11, 2015
Thanks for the nice glimpse of Portland. We hope to visit it to sample some of the great charm that people rave about. I wonder how Portlanders feel about the TV program Portlandia?
By: Tom Cochrun on December 11, 2015
This post was chock full of stuff. Yay for your city cutting noise & pollution. The paddleboat is amazing! I hope the rowing people didn't meet Nessie on the way. LOL! Have a great weekend!
By: Lexa Cain on December 11, 2015
oh my- lovely photos of our previous home base! I've been seeing videos of Multnomah Falls- cascading like years ago when we had hellacious rains and even a home got buried along the Columbia Gorge- so stay dry and safe! Cheers!
By: Kathe W. on December 11, 2015
After your dry summer this must be hard to take. After all, rain should fall when you really need it.
By: red on December 11, 2015
I know I went over some of those bridges last year but probably not all of them. Stay safe with all the rain and mudslides.
By: PT Dilloway on December 11, 2015
Something very nice about watching a river. It's good that there is a segregated pedestrian crossing.
By: Jenny Woolf on December 11, 2015
Just wanted to respond to your response to have the face of an everyman. It is warm and open and people feel safe coming up to you.
By: Tabor on December 11, 2015
We've seen cars up to the windows in water here during major storms, but so far, Nessie hasn't ventured down here. Maybe she's afraid of the alligators?
By: messymimi on December 11, 2015
The weather channel was all red faced and pointing to angry looking clouds up there. I know from experience, that's never a good thing. I hope you and your friends are safe and the storms move on soon. I love that bridge. R
By: Rick Watson on December 11, 2015
No wonder they can't find Nessie in Scotland! Oh, and you took us on a great sightseeing trip. That shot of Mt. Hood is awesome.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on December 11, 2015
Much safer than "Gallopin' Gertie," the Tacoma Narrows Bridge!
By: Val on December 11, 2015
Love the photos. I really wish Boise would have had a little more foresight and did something about their public transportation system. Hope you guys get some dry weather.
By: Mr. Shife on December 11, 2015
One small bridge for Portland, one giant bridge for mankind. (Or something like that.)
By: tom sightings on December 11, 2015
Beautiful photos. I took note of bridge designs too!
By: Michael Manning on December 11, 2015
Nice photos--the bridge is beautiful. That Nesse picture is HILARIOUS!
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on December 11, 2015
laughing at nessie. stay warm and dry up there!
By: TexWisGirl on December 12, 2015
So that's where Nessy went! I've only been THROUGH Portland on my way somewhere else. Wish I had had the time to spend. It always looked so beautiful.
By: Mitchell is Moving on December 12, 2015
Loved seeing these pictures. One of my best friends used to live in Portland and now I have a much clearer view of that area of the country. Thanks for sharing!
By: Jess Fairday\'s Blog on December 12, 2015
Your city looks very beautiful. I had no idea the sun ever shone there! ;^/
By: Catalyst on December 12, 2015
The bridge is beautiful! It reminds me a bit of the Ravenel bridge in Charleston. The last time I was in Charleston, I finally got to walk on it (and check off an item on my bucket list). You should show pictures of Portland more often!
By: Pixel Peeper on December 12, 2015
Love the shot of Nessie :) Stay safe and dry.
By: jenny_o on December 12, 2015
Bridge over troubled water.
By: cranky on December 13, 2015
What a beautiful looking city you've got there! I wish I had visited it. All WE have is Philadelphia. Which is a body dump away from Camden, New Jersey.
By: Al Penwasser on December 13, 2015

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