DescriptionOne spring day in 1968, Rudy Johnsons wife, Helen, fell off the Soda Creek reaction ferry and was almost swept away by the Fraser River. That's when Rudy made up his mind to build a bridge across British Columbia's mightiest river. He located an abandoned bridge in Alaska, transported its 3,300 pieces by barge and rail to William Lake, and spanned the Fraser opposite his Buckskin Ranch. There wasn't enough room on the riverbank to construct the whole bridge, so Rudy relied on techniques used in the logging industry. For 10 days, half of the bridge hung out over the river on cables called skylines, while the rest of the bridge was assembled.The Rudy Johnson Bridge was the only privately owned toll bridge on the Fraser until the provincial government purchased it in 1978.
Doug Lavoie Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement These photos are the result of my travels throughout the province of BC, with an emphasis on the interior of British Columbia and the Thompson, Cariboo, and Chilcotin regions.