Wallowa is another step toward its revitalization thanks to a partnership with the Nez Perce Tribe. The formal dedication July 20 of the pedestrian footbridge that connects the community of Wallowa and the Walma´ma (the Nez Perce people) returning to their homeland was held.
The dedication ceremony took place during the Tamkaliks Pow Wow and Friendship Feast celebration at the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland site outside of Wallowa.
The pedestrian bridge is made of two historic steel truss bridges linked together. Wallowa County commissioned the two bridges in 1911.
One crossed Bear Creek and the other the Wallowa River at Minam. The Minam bridge was known as the Deer Creek Bridge. A century later the structures were deemed unsafe for loaded vehicles.
All historic bridges are preserved if at all possible for their historical attributes. Oregon Department of Transportation paid for removal and relocation of the Deer Creek Bridge and the Nez Perce Tribe had cost share agreements with the Nez Perce National Historic Trail and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to do the two approaches to the bridges.
The bridges will now carry pedestrians above the flood plain east of the Wallowa River.