The first bridge was built out of wood, and tied with iron rods. It cost $45,000, of which $15,000 was raised by popular subscription. Spokane Cable Railway and the City of Spokane Falls shared the remaining cost. The bridge was designed for use by wagon, pedestrian, and cable car.
It burned down on July 22, 1890, and was replaced by a second Monroe Street Bridge, a steel bridge completed on June 27, 1892. This steel bridge was declared unsafe in 1905. The third Monroe Street Bridge, a massive and beautiful concrete-arch structure that became iconic to Spokane, opened on November 3, 1911. It was closed for restoration on January 6, 2003, and reopened on September 16, 2005.