Vista Bridge
The Vista Bridge (officially, Vista Avenue Viaduct, also called " Suicide bridge") is an arch bridge for vehicles and pedestrians located in Portland, Oregon, United States. It connects the neighborhoods of King's Hill and Portland Heights via Vista Avenue above the Goose Hollow area. The MAX Light Rail line and Jefferson Street travel under the bridge. The bridge has four pedestrian balconies (extensions outward from the sidewalk) holding concrete benches, two on each side. The 248-foot-long (76 m) structure was designed by architect Fred T. Fowler. It is of a rib-reinforced concrete deck arch design. Completed in 1926, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, as the Vista Avenue Viaduct, on April 26, 1984. A previous bridge on this site was built in 1903 as part of a streetcar route to Council Crest, the highest point in Portland at 1,070 feet. Council Crest was the site of the "Big Tree Observatory" (built for the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition) and a popular amusement park and dance hall that operated from 1907 to 1929. Streetcars crossed the current bridge until 1950, when service on the Council Crest line (and the only other two then-remaining urban streetcar lines) was abandoned, but the disused tracks remained in place on the bridge for another four decades, until a renovation of the bridge deck. In 1991, several bungee jumps were filmed here for an Oregon Lottery advertisement.