First it was "Salemites," now it's bridge confusion.
Today's paper has a picture of the High Street Bridge over Pringle Creek from the 1890 flood. Only it's badly misidentified as a bridge over the Willamette.
Here's a scan from the library correctly identified.
The thing is, just under a year ago they already ran a picture of the Center Street Bridge and the flood of 1890!
These are obviously not the same bridge! But if you have too many newbies or have outsourced too much page editing, you might not notice. This sure looks like a casualty of staff turnover and corporate economizing.
On February 3rd, 1890, the first Center Street Bridge washed out and collapsed in the big flood. Again, notice the flat land and the elevated support structure. Different bridge, wider river. Not ambiguous.
|Ruins and Aftermath: Center Street Bridge Collapsed|
in Flood on February 3rd, 1890
Photo, Salem Public Library
|Pre-Statehood! Oregon Argus, August 28, 1858|
|Front Page: Capital Journal, April 5, 1907|