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Years after making a roadside marker e the former Bridge. the Oregon of Transportation has a draft depiction to the roadside marker will the swing bridge the supervision of bridge engineer Conde B. namesake of North MeCullough Bridge. promised to commemo- bridge after damage demolition of the in 1994," according to City Manager Terrence to ODOT, during 1900s driving the Coast was difficult at only a few muddy and rickety wooden The remaining routes to the beaches and g the approach of World federal government the Oregon coastline link" in the nation's determination moved history Congress into action in 1914 with the funding of the Roosevelt Military Highway traversing the entire coastline and completed by 1936. That highway is now known as U.S. Highway 101. The Coquille River Bridge opened in 1922 to ever increas- ing vehicle traffic. 'The steel truss boat tail designed structure spanned 235 feet and swung 90 degrees to the river to allow maximum clearance for vessels navigating the river. A control house stood above the bridge's deck when in operation took nearly 15 minutes to open and close. The Coquille River Bridge was the longest bridge of its type in the state. According to ODOT. Conde B. McCullough felt bridges should be aesthetically pleasing in addition to efficient and eco- nomical. Bridges designed under McCullough are charac- terized by "architectural ele- gance" and number in the thou- sands; many of which are now eligible for the National Register of Historical Places. The Coquille River Bridge stood for 72 years, outliving McCullough who died in 1946 at the age of 59. THE SENTINEL -- WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2003 -- B3 i or rickeo,' wooden bridges, and a f muddy roacLs. With the approach of World War I, Oregon's coastline was deemed ,among the weakest links in national defense, and this motivated Congress to fund construction of a coastal highway in 1914. By 1936, the Roosevelt Milita/Highway' traveled the entiie coastline - today this road is called US Highway" 10L The C6quflie River Bridge served as an important fiver crossing on the Coast Highway for 72 years. Designed under the supervision of Oregon's famous bridge engineer, Conde B. Mull0ugh, the 235-fo0t steel through truss swing span opened to traffic in 1922, Dramatic increases in traffic and ever-heavier vehicles during the last decades of the 20th century, eventually damaged the bridge forcing demolition in 1994, The Oregon Department of Transportation is planning to put up a roadside marker commemorating the Coquille River Bridge demolished in 1997. Designed by Conde B. McCullough, the structure was the longest of its kind in the state spanning 235 feet. The bridge, built in 1922, stood 72 years and swung 90 degrees to the river to allow boat traffic. al Olympics Walk-A-Th0n Beckham (left), Bobby Casado and Jesse were just three of the Special Olympics ath- that showed up'at last Saturdays 'Mall-a-Thon', Pony Village Mall in North Bend, to raise money southern district Special Olympics team. thousand dollars were raised; Greg Crew led YQar's list with $1000 worth of sponsorships. The from local businesses, family and friends will the athletes to participate in up-coming events. Donkey B-Ball BY ROBERT JUMP Staff Reporter North Bend A mounted Oriental Band and a likewise mount- ed group of clowns went at it Sunday to the delight of hundreds of spectators. The North Bend High School gym looked more like an arena as members of the North Bend Oriental Band and the Coos Bay Clowns took to donkeys to wage war on the bas- ketball court. While some players showed some skill at the mounted contest, the donkeys seemed less concerned at time doing Pretty much what they pleased. The contest, sponsored by the Coos Bay Shrine Club, ended 14-13 in favor of the clowns. Shriners, obvious due to their bright red fezzes, clown costumes and band costumes, were in large numbers to cheer on their teams. The Shrine was founded in 1872 by a group of 13 men belong- ing to the Masonic order. It was is it time to renew your subscri iion'? ('ul/ 77w ,5'cm/im'/.t 396-3191 County residents...$24 Seniors and Vets...$18 Outside Coos County...$30 Rolling blaze Ills firefighters responded to a Shelly Road motorhome fire Saturday about a.n. The stricken motorhome, towing a compact car, obstructed traffic for a the steep windy road. No injuries were reported and no damage estimate was Firefighters speculated that engine oil leaking onto the vehicles exhaust Caused the blaze. originally established to provide fun and fellowship for its members. But as the organization grew, its mem- bers decided to dedicate their efforts to helping others by becoming what they call the world's philanthropy. The donkey basketball game was held as a fundraising event. According to Dan Ross, an organiz- er of the event, band members are already asking for a rematch claim- ing the clowns cheated. Coquille City's parking snafu The City of Coquille will lose a part-time parking enforcement officer, while increasing the fine for parking violations in the down- town area. The changes are part of the budget package approved by the city council. City Manager Terrence O'Connor said parking fines for exceeding the two-hour limit will double from $5 to $10, The city averages about 500 tickets each year. However, the person charged with enforcing the parking limits, will be out of a job as of yesterday. O'Connor is hoping that labor negotiations and a state decision on the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) finan- cial problems could reinstate the part-time position. Denon / Senheiser / Pinnacle " /n Stock: Senheiser Symphony HD-570 $149.95 Fusion HD-500 $99.95, HD-212 Pro $59.95 + 4 more models, Denon AVR 883 $499, Monster Cable Tool Coos Bay Satellite and Spa, 85 Hall (The Custom Install Specialists) 266-8927 ccb #143490 REINHARD FOREIGN CAR SERVICE "Well have to do it again next year," Ross said. "l understand we have video tape showing a clown shooting the ball from beneath a donkey and that's in clear violation of the rules." i i i ii i i i DOMESTIC a FOREIGN Bud's Car .o00E.TS Service Owner Complete Auto Repair & Maintenance Air Conditioning - Brake Repair Electronics & Standard Ignition Front End Alignments - Engine Overhaul 215 6TH MYRTLE POINT, OREGON SERVICE 572-5055 I III Personal Injury and Property Damage Real Estate Law Wills, Trusts, Estates and Elder Law' Criminal and DUll DiVorce & Family Law Guardianships and ConseNatorships Carol Poli Cyphers John Meynink John B Trew 222 E. 2nd Street P,O. Box 158 Coquille, OR 97423 I I o=11-396-,t171 800-962-6469 II I I