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Nutty Narrows Bridge
Squirrel Bridge 0002.jpg
Coordinates 46°08′29″N 122°56′26″W / 46.141469°N 122.940494°W / 46.141469; -122.940494Coordinates: 46°08′29″N 122°56′26″W / 46.141469°N 122.940494°W / 46.141469; -122.940494
Carries Squirrels
Crosses Olympia Way
Locale Longview, WA
Characteristics
Design Stressed ribbon bridge in imitation of a Suspension Bridge
Material fire hose and unknown metals
Total length 60 feet
History
Designer Amos Peters, Robert Newhall, and LeRoy Dahl
Constructed by Amos Peters
Construction end 1963
Opened 1963
Nutty Narrows Bridge
Location Longview, Washington, spanning Olympia Way between 18th Avenue and Maple Street
NRHP reference No. 14000500
Added to NRHP August 18, 2014

The Nutty Narrows Bridge is a squirrel bridge in Longview, Washington. It has the title of the "World's Narrowest Bridge" and also the "World's Narrowest Animal Crossing." The Nutty Narrows was named by a local councilwoman after the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

History

Before the bridge was built, squirrels had to avoid speeding traffic by running across the street to eat a nutty feast at an office building and back again to a park with large trees.

On March 19, 1963, Amos Peters, after seeing many squirrels being flattened, decided to protect squirrels and give them a way to cross a busy thoroughfare without getting killed by passing cars. The original sky-bridge was built over Olympia Way near the Civic Center in downtown Longview.

Squirrel Bridge - Closeup
A close-up of the bridge deck with sign

Designed to look like a mini-suspension bridge, the 60-foot-long (18 m) span and made of an aluminum piping covered with a retired firehose to create the roadway. The total cost for the bridge was $1000.

In 1983, Peters took down the bridge for repairs. Crosspieces were replaced and the faded sign was repainted. Upon its completion, the bridge was re-dedicated with special guests Chip 'n' Dale and Mickey Mouse from Disneyland. Also in attendance were 300 children and local dignitaries.

Upon Peters' death in 1984, a ten-foot wooden squirrel sculpture was placed near the bridge in his memory.

Today

The anchor trees supporting the bridge were growing old and beginning to rot; so in 2007, the bridge was moved 100 yards east, connecting R.A. Long Park at the Civic Center to the Longview Public Library over Olympia Way. It was moved again in 2010, after it was determined to be a traffic hazard. Its current location is now "three trees from its original spot over Olympia Way". On July 25, 2013 the Longview City Council voted to place the Nutty Narrows Bridge on the Longview Register of Historic Places. It is also listed on the Washington Heritage Register, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. Two more bridges have been added to keep the squirrels safe. One is on Kessler Blvd. and the other is on Nichols Blvd.

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