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Remaining Great Northern bridges in British Columbia.


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Keremeos: Red Bridge


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Location:            Two miles west of Keremeos, B.C. on Highway 3


Built:                    1907 by the Vancouver, Victoria and Eastern Railroad

                              (Acquired by GN 12-31-1944)


Pictures taken:  August  2001 by Leo Harker


Remarks:            This unique covered bridge, is on the old (GN) 

                              Vancouver, Victoria & Eastern spanning the

                              Similkameen River. The 'Red Bridge', as the people of

                              Keremeos in British Columbia name their bridge, is a

                              rare covered bridge in that it's probably the last

                              remaining covered bridge in Canada, and that the only

                              parts actually covered are the trusses. The top of the

                              bridge is open. Today this bridge is used for road-traffic

                              serving as a one-lane crossing of the Similkameen

                              River. It connects to Highway 3 just west of Keremeos.

                              The bridge was originally built in 1907 by the Vancouver,

                              Victoria and Eastern Railroad as part of J.J. Hill's

                              envisioned 'third mainline' connecting Spokane, WA

                              with Vancouver, BC. The VV&E Railroad was acquired

                              by GN on the last day of 1944.