Squirrel Bridge

June 7, 2016

Squirrel Bridge in Longview, WA

Squirrel Bridge in Longview, WA

The week before our weekend getaway to the ocean, I had read an article on the Atlas Obscura website about a squirrel bridge in Longview, Washington.  And because I have been painting squirrels lately, I wanted to plan our drive so that we could seek out this unusual animal crossing.  We did see this squirrel bridge across Louisiana Avenue in Longview, but it might not be the “Nutty Narrows” bridge mentioned in the article.  (It did not look like the bridge in the pictures.)  So maybe this is an idea whose time has come and is now being replicated!

Squirrel Bridge across Louisiana Avenue in Longview, WA

Squirrel Bridge across Louisiana Avenue in Longview, WA

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I did not see any squirrels actually crossing the bridge, but I did see two playing tag in a nearby tree.  Later, as we were leaving town, we saw a giant squirrel sculpture in a park.  It was dedicated to the man who designed and built the first squirrel bridge.

Giant squirrel in Longview, WA

Giant squirrel in Longview, WA

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You’ve gotta love a town that loves and looks after its squirrel population!

Watercolor sketch of squirrel

Watercolor sketch of squirrel

Another watercolor sketch of a squirrel

Another watercolor sketch of a squirrel

 

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4 Responses to “Squirrel Bridge”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    This really is clever and sweet, although I must say they seem to do just fine with the power lines. Maybe the genesis of this was as much to save the power lines as to help the squirrels (though I doubt that, now that I think about it.)

    • Rosemary Says:

      Yes, the squirrels in my neighborhood use the power lines and they are like artists on a high wire.

  2. Rose Says:

    Awesome Rosemary. Thanks for sharing. I had never even heard of such a thing as a squirrel bridge.
    Enlightening and educational.


  3. great idea ! and I LOVE your watercolours !


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