Historic railroad bridge burns during wildfire near Beverly
Courtesy of the Grant County Sheriff's Office
August 16, 2021
A wildfire near the Grant County town of Beverly on Monday evening burned only about 10 acres of sage brush but destroyed a small railroad bridge which is a part of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. The bridge crossed over Crab Creek near this southeastern Grant County community.
This is a different bridge than the Milwaukee Road bridge which is under restoration. The bridge deck of that trestle, which crosses the Columbia River, burned during a 2014 wildfire and is currently undergoing restoration.
“The Columbia Basin is rich with history, and to lose a portion of that history takes away the opportunities for its enjoyment by future generations,” said Royal Slope Fire Chief Eric Linn. “We hope this lost structure is replaced as part of the current state parks restoration project.”
Fire was located at the crossing of Crab Creek here.