Its striking profile, including old-fashioned "bench lights" rising above its massive arch straddling Tanner Creek Canyon, and expansive view of Portland from on top of it, earned it a listing in the US National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Nicknamed "suicide bridge", its great height and great view seems to be particularly attractive to jumpers looking to end the cosmic game in a spectacular and disruptive way (though by no means original, as people have been diving off the bridge in droves since 1931). So much so that Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick approved an emergency request by the Portland Transportation Bureau to put up 9-foot-high black mesh walls on the bridge in July 2013. However, since the bridge is federally protected from permanent alteration under the National Register of Historic Places, current city government is having to work to convince the feds to permit this "temporary" wall installation to become a more permanent fixture.
- Temporary suicide barriers to go up on Vista Bridge, David Stabler, The Oregonian, July 9, 2013.
- Vista Bridge on Wikipedia