Jim O’Connor is a Pacific Northwest native long interested in the processes and events shaping the remarkable and diverse landscapes of the region. He pursued these interests with a B.S. in Geological Sciences at the University of Washington and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Arizona. Since 1990 he has studied regional rivers and landscapes, for the last 18 years with the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center in Portland, Oregon.
Bridge of the Gods
In the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, a 1,858-foot-long steel-truss bridge spans the Columbia River at Cascade Locks, about forty miles east of Portland. The Bridge of the Gods, first built in 1926, derives its name from a much larger Bridge of the Gods that covered a part of …