Rambling Rodericks travel blog

Perrine Bridge over Snake River

Preparing parachutes

Ready to jump

The backward sumersault jump

Chute open

A landing

 

 

 

Evel Knievel's ramp


Twin Falls is a small city in south-central Idaho. We drove there to check out Perrine Memorial Bridge. The first Perrine Bridge, named in honor of I.B. Perrine who first settled and farmed in the Snake River Canyon in 1884, was built in 1927. It was a two lane toll bridge used for 49 years.

The present bridge was constructed in 1976. At 1500 feet long it is the longest span bridge in the west. It stands 486 feet above the river.

With walkways on both sides of the four-lane bridge it is a perfect place for scenic viewing and photography. But by far the most exciting activity to occur on the bridge is the "base jumping", or parachuting from the rails of the bridge!!! We were able to watch four men scale the guard rails, balance and then leap into the air in free fall. A few moments later their chutes would open and they would land on the flat river side below.

Packing of the parachutes, on a grassy knoll at the top of the bridge, took much longer than the exhilarating ride down!

Just up river of the bridge, on a southern outcrop is a large dirt ramp where Evel Knievel attempted to leap across the Snake River on his motorcycle. Unfortunately, his parachute opened prematurely, the bike crashed to the ground below and the crossing was never made.

From Wikipedia: Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007), was an American daredevil, painter, entertainer, and international icon. In his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980, and in 1974, a failed jump across Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2, a steam-powered rocket. He suffered more than 433 bone fractures[2] in his career, thereby earning an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime".[3] Knievel died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, aged 69. According to the British paper The Times writing his obituary, Knievel was one of the greatest American icons of the 1970s. Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.[3]



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