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This is a list of all 3 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing American River. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of crossings.
1862 Rattlesnake Bar
Folsom vicinity, California, USA (American River - Rattlesnake Bar)
Bridgemeister ID:1091
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
  • I believe the location of Rattlesnake Bar is closer to present-day Auburn than Folsom, near the location of Goose Flat marked on modern topographical maps of the region.
  • Inundated during creation of Folsom Lake.
  • Rodi Lee writes: "[The bridge] collapsed in 1954 when an overweight truck filled with manure crossed it. The driver was unhurt. There are newspaper articles about the incident (Auburn Journal, Auburn). There are some photos in the article as well. The bridge abutments show when the the lake water is low. The bridge was upstream of Wild Goose Flats."
Photo courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Photo by Jerry Van Lengen
1965 Guy West
Sacramento, California, USA (American River)
Bridgemeister ID:221
O'Donnell ID:417
Coordinates:N 38.562367 W 121.42017
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:183m
  • WOT says completed 1968.
Photo by David Denenberg
Ecklon Toll
Folsom, California, USA (American River)
Bridgemeister ID:1552
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Collapsed, 1892
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
  • Folsom's Rainbow Bridge occupies the location where this bridge stood.
  • IHS: Bridge is purchased by Christian L. Ecklon (a local butcher) in 1872 from "Kinsey & Whitely."
Photo courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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