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Bridges in British Columbia
Remaining Great Northern bridges in British Columbia.
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Keremeos: Red Bridge
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.