A troubled bridge over water

Entrance to the Cedar Bridge Public Market in downtown Sandpoint

From it’s humble beginnings as a settlement on the east side of Sand Creek, Pend Oreille outgrew it’s name shortly after the Northern Pacific Railroad built a connection between Montana and what is now called Sandpoint, Idaho.

The Bridge, Fourth of July, 1933
Photo by Ross Hall / Courtesy Hallans Gallery

However, Sandpoint developed on the west side of Sand Creek, and by the early twentieth century, city officials saw a need to connect the downtown area with the depot, and thus built the Cedar Street bridge.

By the late 1950s and early 60s, train travel gave way to quicker  air transportation, and the bridge no longer served as the city center. Plagued by disuse and the ever increasing structural damages, officials closed the bridge in the late 1970s.

Photo by Chris Bessler / Keokee.

For almost a decade the bridge awaited destruction, but  Scott Glickenhaus teamed up with Jonathan Stoumen and designed a distinctive “marketplace-on-the-bridge.”  This new mall-like structure over Sand Creek housed boutiques, cart vendors, book stores, artists studios and eateries until the economy declined in the mid-1980s when stores closed, vendors gave up and the bridge fell once again on hard times.

Coldwater Creek, a local clothing manufacturer, opened a small retail store in 1988, and by the mid 90s it occupied the entire 16,000 square feet of Cedar Street Bridge.  In 2005, Coldwater Creek moved into larger facilities, not more than a block away, to accommodate their growth, and the bridge again falls vacant.

Now restored to it’s original vision as a unique meeting place, vendors, artists, boutiques and eateries once again fill the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market



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