Tilikum Crossing: Notes from a Kayak Guide

A kayak guide reflects on the opening of Portland's newest bridge.


The old man flipped his spelunking light off, and promptly disappeared. He had blended into the darkness of Ross Island. A candle-shaped light, suction-cupped to the back of my kayak, was guide enough were he to need it, though he was an experienced boater. He had been salmon fishing on the Columbia for eight hours the day before, had brought his own spelunking light. About a mile ahead of us ...   More
Monday, September 14, 2015 PAUL LASK

Drank: Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA vs. Steel Bridge Porter

What’s your favorite bridge? C’mon, every Portlander has one. To commemorate the opening of our city’s new murderous whale/friendship-themed bridge, BridgePort Brewing has released a new white I   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 WALKER MACMURDO

Fun Facts About Tilikum, the Serial Killer Whale TriMet Named its New Bridge After

Orca best known for erectile fin dysfunction, murder.


Wednesday's announcement that TriMet has named the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge after the murderous orca Tilikum has led to renewed interest in the life and homicides of this beloved killer whale. The transit agency had considered other names for the bridge, but ruled out the most-suggested name, that of popular street musician "Working" Kirk Reeves, after determining that he lacked ...   More
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Matthew Korfhage and Aaron Mesh

Pooping in the Drawbridge Operator's Booth, Explained

How do the people who make you late for work go to the bathroom, anyway?

hawthorne bridge toliet truck

For eight hours each day, Portland's drawbridge operators sit in a booth raising and lowering the grated causeways that allow West Siders access to our city's best restaurants and East Siders to collect a paycheck. Sometimes, they have to evacuate their bowels while on duty. Which is where the 1-800-TOILETS truck pictured to the left comes in. This truck was spotted earlier this week on ...   More
Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Martin Cizmar

Dr. Know: Post-Apocalyptic Suspension

Which Portland bridges are capable of surviving the Big Quake?

Dr. Know
After the big one hits and we Mad-Max our way out of the rubble, which bridges will be available for pedestrian, biking and automobile use? I am preparing a post-disaster beer-run map as part of   More
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Here's What Portland's Newest Bridge Looks Like

Portland's Willamette riverscape is slotted to get its first major bridge makeover in 36 years. And beginning this Tuesday through the rest of this month, the public may check it out by going to City Hall to view a model of the stylish upgrade. The Architecture Foundation of Oregon, the Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Portland Spaces Magazine are presenting the model ...   More
Monday, April 6, 2009 Shawn O'bryant


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