Hold on to your dogs, ladies and gentlemen because we've found the IRL embodiment of your pup's worst nightmare (or best dream, depending on breed).
Back in the 1960s, an upstanding Longview citizen named Amos Peters decided he was done witnessing the untimely deaths of squirrels attempting to cross Olympic Way to access the trees on the other side. After all, what could be a bigger bummer than seeing flattened squirrels on your morning commute? A bit of brainstorming resulted in the construction of Nutty Narrows, a 60-foot-long path to bridge the gap between the sides of the bustling road. Robert Newhall and LeRoy Dahl were the architects behind the original plans and Amos Peters and Bill Hutch commenced construction. It cost $1,000 back in the 60s to complete.
About two hours south of Seattle, the bridge has earned the title of "World's Narrowest Bridge". The structure is modeled after a suspension bridge and has undergone several renovations and restorations over the years. In 2007, it was determined that the trees supporting the bridge were beginning to decay, so the bridge was relocated east. Three years later, the bridge was moved yet again due to its distracting placement. Today, the bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Every December while driving down Olympia Way in the city of Longview, a little something extra might catch your eye. The city adorns the beloved squirrel bridge with a teeny tiny Christmas tree in celebration of the holidays because hey - there's nothing like a little holiday cheer for those of all shapes and sizes.
Free and totally worth a detour, you'll also notice a giant squirrel carving just a stone's throw from the bridge - this commemorative sculpture was built when Peters passed away in 1984. Longview celebrates squirrels annually at the Longview Squirrel Fest held every August. If off-kilter is your beat, then you're not going to want to miss this kooky fest...just makes sure your dogs are leashed, hell has no fury like that of a dog hot on the trail of a speeding squirrel. Click on for photos of the adorable mini bridge.