The Chatcolet Bridge is now open for people on foot,
bicycles and skates!
"Both pictures were taken from the Lake Chatcolet side of the
trestle facing east toward the Harrison side of the lake.
We were out on the lake just west of the St. Joe River.
The building [shown in the 'mouseover' close-up] is a
private home on the southeast shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene,
overlooking the northeast corner of Round Lake."
The little house on top of the bridge
(shown better in the "mouseover" close-up) is where the bridge
tender lived for many years. He had a little stove and all
the comforts of home and what a view!
His job was to close the revolving bridge
for trains to cross and to open the bridge for boats
navigating the St. Joe River. The Rails-to-Trails project
raised the entire structure to it's present position so
boats can access the St. Joe, and bicylists can ride
72 miles from Plummer to Mullan.
The long stair-step approach ramps were designed to help
those on skates or in wheelchairs.