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Miekler Road west of Toledo

In the early 1920s to the mid 1950s this road and bridge were part of an alternate route from Chehalis to Castle Rock. This route follows the old Military Road between Fort Steilacoom and Fort Vancouver. I am not sure when the bridge was taken down. 

Miekler Rd. north of the bridge is on the old Northern Pacific Railroad right of way up through Olequa to Vader. The old railroad grade turned south along the river to down to Castle Rock. I believe the railroad was realigned about 1916 to the route it follows today. 

2011 map showing the alignments.

1941 map

1897 map showing the original alignment of the railroad and the old military road (red line).

One of the bridge stanchions.


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