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This is a list of all 98 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state California. 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 states.
1852 Huse
Yeomet, California, USA (Cosumnes River)
Bridgemeister ID:1088
Coordinates:N 38.55323 W 120.84755
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:E.P. Bowman
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Notes
  • Yeomet was located near the present day California Route 49 crossing of the Cosumnes River by the confluence of the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River. Yeomet was once known as "Forks of the Cosumnes." The location coordinates provided here are only to show the approximate location of the confluence and should not be considered the exact location of the bridge. This inventory entry represents the suspension bridge for which a photograph exists in the Lawrence & Houseworth collection titled "Suspension Bridge over the Cosumnes River, At Yeomet, El Dorado County". This image exists in several online archives. The clearest image I have found exists in the California Pioneers archive. Reviewing all of the information bites available for 1850's suspension bridges over the Cosumnes River, there were likely more than one suspension bridge.
  • Barry Parr, consulting Erwin Guddeís California Gold Camps (University of California Press), writes that Gudde notes the bridge is located "at Yeomet and says it was marked on the County Map in 1866, and was owned by S.E. Huse for a decade. Of Yeomet, Gudde writes: 'Amador County. At the junction of the forks of Cosumnes River, formerly in El Dorado County'. Gudde says the camp developed in 1849 or 1850 and prospered for a number of years, but says nothing further about the bridge." Barry also notes that some sources cite Yeomet as located in Calaveras County, but this is because Amador County was created in 1854 from Calaveras County. Barry continues: "The California Division of Mines Bulletin 141, Geological Guidebook along Highway 49, mentions the Highway 49 bridge across the Cosumnes as also known as the Huse Bridge."
  • The October 14, 1976 edition of The Mountain Democrat Times (Placerville, California) has an article about the Huse Bridge (from the Heritage Association of El Dorado) describing Huse's Bridge:
    "E.P. Bowman, an early motel keeper in Yeomet had a ferry across the Cosumnes and by 1852 had built a bridge there (J.M. Watrous had a ferry there also). Traffic was heavy and... [the tolls were] as much a 'gold mine' as most of the nearby river claims which ran for miles above and below the town. (Yeomet falls was below the bridge). The famous Mother Lode crossed the river in the vicinity of the town. Samuel Huse bought the bridge at Yeomet in about 1862 and owned it until his death. His widow Laura sold the wire suspension bridge and the exclusive right to collect tolls to John Ballard and W.H. Martin in 1883. William Miller purchased the property in 1887."
    It is unclear if the 1852 E.P. Bowman bridge was the same structure as the suspension bridge purchased by Huse ten years later, but I have assumed so pending additional information.
  • An obituary for in the August 28, 1949 edition of the Oakland Tribune for Lilian Williams presents a stronger tie between E.P. Bowman and S.E. Huse: "With her foster parents, the E. P. Bowmans, Mrs. Williams spent her childhood in Oakland, San Francisco and Yeomet, between Plymouth and Placerville. Bowman and her foster uncle, S.E. Huse, owned a hotel at Yeomet. They also built and operated a toll bridge there on the Cosumnes River, over which most of the heavy machinery and mining equipment was transported to the old Mother Lode mines."
  • See 1852 Wilson's - Cosumne, California, USA.
  • See Lamb's - Latrobe vicinity and Plymouth vicinity, California, USA.
1852 Wilson's
Cosumne, California, USA (Cosumnes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2116
Coordinates:N 38.49229 W 121.17183
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:DSL200106
Principals:W. D. Wilson
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Main span:150f
Deck width:12f
Notes
  • The location of this bridge was near the present day location of Cosumne in Sacramento County, just east of Sloughhouse. The location coordinates provided here are only to show the approximate location of present-day Cosumne and should not be considered the exact location of the bridge. Don Sayenga writes: "The exact location was at the intersection of [present-day] Dillard Road and State Route 16 a very short distance east of Sloughhouse, Sacramento County, California... The whole area at that time was known as Daylor's Ranch."
  • Don Sayenga notes an F.W. Panhorst (of the California Highway Department) citation:
    "Alta California July 27, 1852 reprinting an article from Sacramento Union mentions a wire suspension bridge built in Sacramento County across the Cosumnes. The span is described as 150 feet with a roadway width of 12 feet. One W.D. Wilson is mentioned as owner and designer. This structure, according to our best information, was the first suspension bridge in California."
  • A January 14, 1862 Sacramento Bee article notes:
    "The quartz mill and house of the brothers Wiley, just beyond Butte City, were carried away by the torrent. At Ione City, Williamís brick stable had fallen, and several other houses had met with a like fate. On Sutter creek, the loss and damage had been terrific - bridges and houses being carried off like chaff. Mr. Haywood, proprietor of a quartz mill on Sutter creek, had been a loser to the amount of at least $75,000. We have it from good authority that in the counties of Calaveras and Amador not a bridge is left standing. Below Ione City, it is thought that there has been loss of life."

    "Last Saturday night, the reports of minute guns were heard, as if signals of distress, coming from the direction of a house where lived Mr. Martin and his family. The whole of Ione Valley was many feet under water. No boats were to be had, so that assistance might be rendered those in danger and distress. In a short time a heavy crash was heard, the signals of distress ceased, and our informant tells us that when he left the general impression was that Martin and his family had lost their lives. The wire suspension bridge over the Cosumnes river had disappeared - the house known as Wilsonís Exchange has also been washed away, and Daylorís adobe house is flat with the ground. These facts go to show that throughout the mountain districts, as well as in the valleys, the destruction of property and loss of human life exceed the worst that was anticipated, and we shall hear repetitions of such tales of distress as the avenues for communication are gradually opened to us."
    which seems to imply a relationship between the Ione Valley, the Cosumnes River, and the bridge at Wilson's Exchange, but this may have just been coincidental that both "Ione Valley" and Wilson's Exchange were mentioned in the same paragraph; they are nearby. Present-day Ione is in Amador County a few miles east of Sacramento County. The Cosumnes River forms the northern border of Amador County several miles to the north of present-day Ione. Barry Parr notes that the Cosumnes River does not flow through the "Ione Valley," but Barry writes: "Recalling Daylorís name in Historic Spots of California: 'Daylor established himself as a trader and hotel-keeper on the Cosumnes River about a mile east of Slough House. This place, which was at first known as Daylorís Ranch, later became the Cosumnes post office.' (p. 290) The site of Cosumnes post office is about five miles downstream from Bridge House, and both are on the Sacramento-Ione Road.
  • An Illustrated History of Sacramento County, California. (by Hon. Win. J. Davis, Lewis Publishing Company, 1890, Pages 435-436) sheds more light on W.D. Wilson. See Debbie Walke Gramlick's transcription:
    "Mr. Wilson and part of the company concluded to seek the land of gold, while others kept to the original design of going to Oregon. On his arrival Mr. Wilson mined for a short time on Mormon Island and then moved to Hangtown, now Placerville, where in the winter of 1848-49 he built the first house erected in that place. The family then comprised six children; five more were born in California; nine grew to maturity and seven are living in 1889. In the spring of 1850 he moved down on the Cosumnes and purchased 6,000 acres of the Hartnell Grant, and built a tavern, long known as Wilsonís Exchange, across the river from what is now the Cosumnes post office. He was postmaster from the establishment of that office until 1868. He was by trade a millwright and built the first suspension bridge on the Cosumnes."
  • See 1852 Huse - Yeomet, California, USA.
  • See Lamb's - Latrobe vicinity and Plymouth vicinity, California, USA.
1853 O'Byrne's
Copperopolis vicinity, California, USA (Stanislaus River)
Bridgemeister ID:2324
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, 1862
Notes
  • Different accounts describe this as a chain and wire suspension bridge. Collapsed November, 1853 under weight of oxen team. Rebuilt, but destroyed by flood, 1862. Replaced by a multi-span covered bridge.
  • Name "O'Byrne's" appears to have originated with a "Patrick O. Byrne" who operated a ferry at this location prior to construction of the suspension bridge. After time, it became known as O'Byrne's Ferry.
1856 Bidwell Bar
Oroville, California, USA (Feather River)
Bridgemeister ID:52
Structurae ID:0024776
O'Donnell ID:425
Coordinates:N 39.537483 W 121.45415
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BPL, DSL200106, LACE
Principals:Bidwell Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~220f
Notes
  • Dismantled before completion of Oroville Dam and replaced by the 1965 high-level Bidwell Bar suspension bridge. The 1856 structure was later reassembled about 1.5 miles south of the new Bidwell Bar bridge. Coordinates provided here are for the current location of the bridge at Kelly Ridge.
  • Replaced by 1965 Bidwell Bar - Oroville, California, USA.
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1856 Westmoreland's
Lancha Plana, California, USA (Mokelumne River)
Bridgemeister ID:1089
References:DSL200106
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
1860 Auburn-Coloma
Auburn and Coloma, California, USA (North Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:274
References:PTS2
Principals:John Mollett
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
Postcard, courtesy of Kevin Walsh
1861 Weitchpec
Weitchpec, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:1090
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
1862 (suspension bridge)
California, USA (Trinity River)
Bridgemeister ID:1093
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
1862 (suspension bridge)
California, USA (Stanislaus River)
Bridgemeister ID:1094
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
1862 (suspension bridge)
California, USA (Tuolumne River)
Bridgemeister ID:1095
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
1862 (suspension bridge)
McCourtney's Crossing, California, USA (Bear River)
Bridgemeister ID:1092
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
1862 Pine Street
Nevada City, California, USA (Deer Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:62
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Photo courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
1862 Rattlesnake Bar
Folsom vicinity, California, USA (American River - Rattlesnake Bar)
Bridgemeister ID:1091
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Inundated
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • 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
1867 Mosquito Road
Placerville, California, USA (South Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:2323
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • The February 23, 1995 edition of the Mountain Democrat (Placerville, California) has an article about the Mosquito crossing that mentions: "According to the El Dorado County History of 1883 by Paolo Sioli, 'Mosquito is connected to Placerville by a good wagon-road and a suspension bridge across the South Fork of the American River, a trail is running in the direction of Kelsey, the township center... The original bridge was constructed in 1867, and according to Orval Beckett, as quoted in the booklet, Mosquito Memories, 'This original bridge had no banisters on the sides. It was a suspension cable with No. 9 telephone wires strung between the supports. When you drove onto the bridge, it would 'swing and sway' much like we have seen in the movies. When one end went down the other went up, etc. Imagine the thrill!'"
  • Replaced by 1939 Mosquito Road - Placerville, California, USA.
1875 (swinging bridge)
Arroyo Grande, California, USA (Arroyo Grande Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:307
Coordinates:N 35.12336 W 120.57703
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Newton Short
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:171f
Notes
  • A rotary club plaque at the bridge reads, "To connect his properties, Newton Short built this swinging bridge without sides about 1875. Sides were added after 1902. The bridge was given to the City of Arroyo Grande on July 14, 1911,... Due to severe storm damage, the bridge was rebuilt in 1995."
Photo by David Denenberg
1877 Cottaneva
Cottaneva Creek, Rockport, California, USA (Rockport Bay, Pacific Ocean)
Bridgemeister ID:1152
References:AAJ
Principals:Pacific Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:270f
Notes
  • This bridge was part of the Rockport lumber mill (Mendocino County). The bridge stretched over ocean to a large rock in the bay.
  • Jakkula cites two sources describing the cables as steel.
  • Don Sayenga transcribed one of Jakkula's references, The Iron Age Volume XX , No. 3 (August 2, 1877) Page 1: "A Steel Wire Suspension Bridge In California"
    The Pacific Bridge Company are building in Mendocino county, California at Cottoneva, a suspension bridge which is described as follows "The distance from center to center of the saddles on the towers is 270 feet. The deflection or fall of the cable is 23 feet 6 inches. The cables are built in the same manner as those of the Clifton bridge at Niagara. The steel wire is about No. 11 Birmingham gauge, and is protected against rust by immersing in a bath which it a fine coat of zinc. There are eleven wires in each strand, seven strands in each rope, and seven ropes in each cable. The ropes are not twisted together to form the cable but gathered up every six feet by the suspender bands. Each rope is warranted to bear a strain of 60 tons. It is made fast to an independent anchor bar, 1 by 3 inches in diameter, and forming links 18 feet long, until connection is made with the anchors. The anchors are of cast iron, 3-1/2 by 3 feet in surface, weigh 1000 pounds each, and are placed 14 feet below the surface of the rock. Great care was taken in securing the anchors in place by means of cross I beams which run under the rock on either side. The lower part of each pit was enlarged to so as to form a hemispherical chamber, and the rock work, set in Portland cement, which is built upon the anchor, is so constructed that the upward strain is transmitted to the sides. The towers are of red wood. There are four posts 10 x 10 inches and two 10 x 12 inches, giving an effective area of 640 inches to withstand the strain of the cables on the tower. The wooden truss to prevent vertical vibration is 8 feet high and of the Howe truss pattern. The 270 feet of the bridge is divided into 45 pannels. The longest suspenders, 44 in number are of 7/8 inch steel wire, the 42 shorter ones are of 1-1/8 inch solid iron. The estimated dead load of the bridge is 1000 pounds per linear foot; live load, one ton per linear foot; in all, one and one half tons, or one fifth of actual breaking load. The bridge will be completed in about 30 days and promises to be a structure which the builders may well be proud of."
    Don writes: "[In] Jakkula's last citation, he is saying that this is factory-made wire rope... The construction of the wire rope (7 by 11) used in the main cables is not common for the USA as of 1877; in fact it is extremely uncommon. The wire ropes used at Clifton/Niagara were made in England -- it wouldn't surprise me if these were made in England too."
1891 (suspension bridge)
San Francisco, California, USA (South Drive - Golden Gate Park)
Bridgemeister ID:98
Principals:John A. Roebling's Sons Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Small footbridge. Replaced by tunnel by 1900.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1912 Orleans
Orleans, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:126
Status:Destroyed, 1921
Notes
  • Some accounts state this bridge was destroyed by fire in 1921. A brief mention in the July 18, 1926 edition of The Fresno Bee implies it was destroyed in June of 1926.
  • Replaced by 1940 Orleans - Orleans, California, USA.
1912 Spruce Street
Hillcrest, San Diego, California, USA (Kate Sessions Canyon - Bankers Hill Canyon)
Bridgemeister ID:635
Coordinates:N 32.73878 W 117.16541
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Edwin Capp
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:300f
Side span:1
Photo by Eric Sakowski Photo by Allison Denenberg
1917 Alderpoint
Alderpoint, California, USA (North Fork Eel River)
Bridgemeister ID:2232
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Demolished, November, 1972
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • The Sunday November 5, 1972 edition of The Times Standard (Eureka, California) has three photos of the bridge collapsing. The caption is "Old Alderpoint Bridge Crashes into River." It continues: "Cables, securing the old Alderpoint Bridge across the North Fork of the Eel River, were cut Friday to send the structure splashing to the feet of the new concrete span that is replacing it. The $1-million new bridge was dedicated Saturday. The old suspension bridge was constructed in 1917."
1925 A.A. Hadley (Mattole River, Lindley)
Honeydew vicinity, California, USA (Mattole River)
Bridgemeister ID:589
Structurae ID:0011118
O'Donnell ID:407
Coordinates:N 40.25 W 124.165
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by David Denenberg
1928 Colfax-Iowa Hill
Colfax vicinity, California, USA (North Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:588
O'Donnell ID:420
Coordinates:N 39.09993 W 120.92480
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
1929 Auburn-Coloma
Auburn and Coloma, California, USA (North Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:1624
Principals:Smith Brothers
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Replaced, 1948
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Postcard, courtesy of Kevin Walsh
1930 Colfax-Foresthill (Yankee Jims)
Yankee Jims, Colfax vicinity, California, USA (North Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:165
Structurae ID:0011089
O'Donnell ID:419
Coordinates:N 39.040133 W 120.90265
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~53m

Notes
Photo by Brian Renken Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Gary Pesselt
1930 Horse Creek
Horse Creek, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:586
O'Donnell ID:404
Coordinates:N 41.825 W 122.9967
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
1933 (suspension bridge)
Happy Camp vicinity, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:1011
References:AAJ
Principals:WPA
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Dismantled
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:300f

Notes
  • Moved to Cassidy - Sierra National Forest, California, USA. The bridge was disassembled, shortened, and relocated in the 1950's to the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Minarets Ranger District, Sierra National Forest, California as the "Cassidy" suspension bridge.
1933 Sims (CCC)
Sims, California, USA (Sacramento River - Sims Camp)
Bridgemeister ID:650
O'Donnell ID:426
Coordinates:N 41.063433 W 122.360067
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ
Principals:Raymond Huber, Civilian Conservation Corps
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:160f
Notes
  • CCC is "Civilian Conservation Corps".
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1934 (footbridge)
Green Valley vicinity, California, USA (Bouquet Reservoir)
Bridgemeister ID:1890
References:CE193408
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:200f
Notes
  • CE193408: "A bridge 276 ft long, consisting of a 200-ft suspension span and two equal shore spans, connects the [gate control] tower with the shore. The suspended span is supported by two prestressed cable strands and by arc-welded structural steel stiffening trusses." Article includes photo of the bridge and tower.
  • Access bridge for the Bouquet Reservoir gate control tower. Likely completed 1933 or 1934.
1936 San Francisco-Oakland Bay
Oakland and San Francisco, California, USA (San Francisco Bay)
Bridgemeister ID:184
Structurae ID:0000262
O'Donnell ID:409
Coordinates:N 37.78667 W 122.39
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, AZB, BAAW, BC3, BPL, GBD, LAB, OBB1, SFOM, USS
Principals:C.H. Purcell, Glenn B. Woodruff
Use:Vehicular (double-deck)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:6
Main spans:2,210f, 2,224.4f
Deck width:66f (58f roadway)
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Andrew Holbrook Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1937 (suspension bridge)
Briceburg, California, USA (Merced River)
Bridgemeister ID:642
O'Donnell ID:416
Coordinates:N 37.604833 W 119.9669
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Damaged by flood, 1999, when river level rose to approximately four feet above the bridge deck.
Photo by Bruce Holbrook Photo by Andrew Holbrook
1937 Golden Gate
San Francisco and Marin County, California, USA (San Francisco Bay)
Bridgemeister ID:188
Structurae ID:0000029
O'Donnell ID:408
Coordinates:N 37.82 W 122.47667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, AZB, BAAW, BBR, BC3, BFL, BLD, BMA, BOU, BPL, BRU, COB, CTW, GAT, GBD, GGB, LAB, SPG
Principals:Joseph B. Strauss, Leon Moisseiff, Charles A. Ellis, Irving F. Morrow
Use:Vehicular (major highway, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:4,200f
Side spans:2 x 1,125.41f
Deck width:80f

Notes
Photo courtesy Ronald and Elizabeth Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Dean DeSantis Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1938 (footbridge)
Corona vicinity, California, USA (Lake Matthews)
Bridgemeister ID:1891
References:CE193806
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • Outlet tower access bridge. Likely completed 1938 with Cajalco (now Lake Matthews) Reservoir construction.
1938 Buker (Canyon Creek, Scott River)
Scott Bar vicinity, California, USA (Scott River - Klamath National Forest)
Bridgemeister ID:581
O'Donnell ID:405
Coordinates:N 41.63408 W 123.10570
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Restored 1998 (per plaque posted on bridge).
Photo by David Denenberg
1939 Mosquito Road
Placerville, California, USA (South Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:346
O'Donnell ID:418
Coordinates:N 38.77582 W 120.74854
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
1940 Hawkins Bar
Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar, California, USA (Trinity River)
Bridgemeister ID:2343
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Notes
1940 Orleans
Orleans, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:197
References:BPL, WOT
Principals:C.H. Purcell, Murphy Pacific Co.
Status:Destroyed, 1965
Notes
1954 Point Bonita Lighthouse
Golden Gate Nat. Recreation Area, Marin County, California, USA
Bridgemeister ID:882
Structurae ID:0011098
O'Donnell ID:411
Coordinates:N 37.81588 W 122.52905
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by David Denenberg
1957 Little Kern River
Golden Trout Wilderness, California, USA (Little Kern River)
Bridgemeister ID:2337
Use:Footbridge and Pack
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:150f
1963 Vincent Thomas (San Pedro-Terminal Island)
San Pedro, California, USA (Los Angeles Harbor)
Bridgemeister ID:217
Structurae ID:0002371
Coordinates:N 33.75 W 118.27
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (four-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1,500f
Side spans:2 x 506.5f
Photo by Richard Ehrenberg Photo by Michael Levy Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Eric Sakowski
1965 Bidwell Bar
Oroville, California, USA (Feather River - Oroville Reservoir)
Bridgemeister ID:220
Structurae ID:0000563
O'Donnell ID:424
Coordinates:N 39.54816 W 121.43006
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:California Department of Water Resources
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
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
References:WOT
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:183m
Notes
  • WOT says completed 1968.
Photo by David Denenberg
1967 Orleans
Orleans, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:223
Structurae ID:0011101
O'Donnell ID:406
Coordinates:N 41.30167 W 123.53333
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BCO, BPL, WOT
Principals:Ostap Bender, A.P. Bezzone, Jr.
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:430f

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
2003 Al Zampa Memorial
Crockett and Vallejo, California, USA (Carquinez Strait)
Bridgemeister ID:878
Structurae ID:0000913
O'Donnell ID:412
Coordinates:N 38.06097 W 122.22639
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AZB, BAR
Use:Vehicular (major highway, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Photo by Dick McCabe Jr. Photo by Andrew Holbrook Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Mary Ann Clawson
2006 (footbridge)
Mount Hermon, California, USA (Zayante Creek - Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center)
Bridgemeister ID:2222
Coordinates:N 37.05149 W 122.06182
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Sahale, LLC
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Photo by Ronald Bourret
(footbridge)
Burnt Ranch vicinity, California, USA (Trinity River - Six Rivers National Forest)
Bridgemeister ID:2408
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Completed 1915-1917, likely removed, 1970s.
  • An article in the October 29, 1971 edition of The Times-Standard (Eureka, California) describes this bridge as being located over the Trinity River at New River. USGS topographical maps show a footbridge a few hundred yards north of the intersection of the two rivers at Gray Falls. The article has a photograph of the bridge and describes its possible replacement. The bridge was already closed at the time of the article: "A 50 year-old picturesque footbridge across the Trinity River at New River will be replaced if special funds can be obtained by the Six Rivers Nalional Forest, the federal agency has decided. 'Strong supportive response from people throughout the area to the continued need for a bridge' was reported by Forest Supervisor Bob Allison. The responses came after the Forest Service solicited comments in August on the replacement need for the span. The new bridge would be nearly as possible a replica of the present bridge constructed sometime between 1915 - 1917 by Jim and John Larson. It served as the main link between Denny and the outside world."
(footbridge)
Hayfork vicinity, California, USA (Hayfork Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2023
O'Donnell ID:430
Coordinates:N 40.594483 W 123.261267
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Hayfork, California, USA (Hayfork Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:1480
O'Donnell ID:431
Coordinates:N 40.552217 W 123.1815
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~300f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Horse Creek, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:585
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire

Notes
(footbridge)
Michigan Bluff vicinity and Last Chance vicinity, California, USA (North Fork of the Middle Fork American River - Last Chance Trail)
Bridgemeister ID:2139
Coordinates:N 39.10149 W 120.65495
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge and Pack
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
(footbridge)
Mount Hermon, California, USA (Bean Creek - Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center)
Bridgemeister ID:1838
O'Donnell ID:414
Coordinates:N 37.052667 W 122.06005
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:84f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by David Denenberg
(footbridge)
Mount Hermon, California, USA (Zayante Creek - Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center)
Bridgemeister ID:1996
O'Donnell ID:413
Use:Footbridge
Status:Replaced (last checked, 2006)

Notes
(footbridge)
Mount Hermon, California, USA (Zayante Creek - Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center)
Bridgemeister ID:2223
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)

Notes
Photo by Ronald Bourret
(footbridge)
Mystic vicinity, California, USA (Truckee River)
Bridgemeister ID:1262
O'Donnell ID:422
Coordinates:N 39.452067 W 120.00555
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~200f
Notes
  • Crosses some a spillway just east of I-80 just before I-80 crosses from California to Nevada. North of Mystic in Sierra County.
  • Jan Claire sends observations about the structure the bridge crosses: "The dam is a diverter. Water from the Truckee river is diverted into a canal which runs over to Verdi, Nevada at which point it is pumped up and over a hill and down into another river. Because this dam does not appear on the California Department of Water Resources inventory, I assume it is a long-ago-grandfathered dam operated under treaty with the state of Nevada for irrigation purposes. Satellite photos show this diverter-canal runs through what may still be, or probably was, farmland west of Verdi."
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(pipeline bridge)
Blythe, California and Ehrenberg, Arizona, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:2522
O'Donnell ID:943
Coordinates:N 33.60182 W 114.53324
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
(pipeline bridge)
Burbank, California, USA (Los Angeles River)
Bridgemeister ID:2523
Coordinates:N 34.15051 W 118.32908
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
(pipeline bridge)
Canyon Country, California, USA (Soledad Canyon)
Bridgemeister ID:1259
Coordinates:N 34.43219 W 118.39074
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:~615f
Side span:1
Photo by Eric Sakowski Photo by David Denenberg
(pipeline bridge)
Castaic vicinity, California, USA (Castaic Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2329
Coordinates:N 34.47552 W 118.61212
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Side spans:2
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Eric Sakowski
(pipeline bridge)
Chula Vista vicinity, California, USA (Otay River)
Bridgemeister ID:1573
Coordinates:N 32.6003 W 116.92888
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
(pipeline bridge)
Long Beach, California, USA (San Gabriel River)
Bridgemeister ID:2170
Coordinates:N 33.76792 W 118.09772
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by David Denenberg
(pipeline bridge)
Long Beach, California, USA (Los Angeles River)
Bridgemeister ID:1525
Coordinates:N 33.82366 W 118.20550
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Notes
  • Located a few hundred yards southeast of the I-710/I-405 intersection. Visible to the south as you cross the Los Angeles River on I-405.
Photo by David Denenberg
(pipeline bridge)
Mojave Heights, Victorville vicinity, California, USA (Mojave River)
Bridgemeister ID:2354
Coordinates:N 34.56782 W 117.31254
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
(pipeline bridge)
Mokelumne City vicinity, California, USA (Cosumnes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2129
Coordinates:N 38.25772 W 121.43273
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant
(pipeline bridge)
Montebello and Pico Rivera, California, USA (Rio Hondo - Whittier Narrows Dam vicinity)
Bridgemeister ID:2361
Coordinates:N 34.01791 W 118.08627
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
(pipeline bridge)
Pyramid Lake vicinity and Liebre Gulch vicinity, California, USA
Bridgemeister ID:2293
Coordinates:N 34.68632 W 118.73605
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:375f

Notes
(pipeline bridge)
Pyramid Lake vicinity, California, USA (Liebre Gulch)
Bridgemeister ID:2295
Coordinates:N 34.69357 W 118.73703
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:200f

Notes
Photo by Eric Sakowski
(pipeline bridge)
Pyramid Lake vicinity, California, USA (Canada de Los Alamos - Hungry Valley State Vehicular Rec. Area)
Bridgemeister ID:2331
Coordinates:N 34.70264 W 118.79825
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Eric Sakowski
(pipeline bridge)
Pyramid Lake vicinity, California, USA (Liebre Gulch)
Bridgemeister ID:2294
Coordinates:N 34.69553 W 118.73782
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:500f
Notes
Photo by Eric Sakowski
(pipeline bridge)
Redding, California, USA (Sacramento River)
Bridgemeister ID:1429
O'Donnell ID:435
Coordinates:N 40.59165 W 122.38395
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:~460f
Notes
  • Visible from the Sundial cable-stayed bridge.
Photo by Eric Sakowski
(pipeline bridge)
Santa Clarita and Valencia, California, USA (Santa Clara River)
Bridgemeister ID:2330
Coordinates:N 34.42707 W 118.57484
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Photo by David Denenberg
(pipeline bridge)
Topock, Arizona and Needles vicinity, California, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:1508
O'Donnell ID:944
Coordinates:N 34.71587 W 114.48617
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
(pipeline bridge)
Topock, Arizona and Needles vicinity, California, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:1507
O'Donnell ID:945
Coordinates:N 34.71531 W 114.48255
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
(suspension bridge)
Bridgeville, California, USA (Van Duzen River)
Bridgemeister ID:2144
Use:Vehicular
Main cables:Wire
Main span:288f
Notes
(suspension bridge)
Henley, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:1083
Coordinates:N 41.88649 W 122.55474
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Status:Extant
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell notes this bridge is visible from northbound I-5 as you approach the Henley/Hornbrook exit, "It looked at one time it may have carried one lane of traffic from the early 20th century. It was barely standing, I did manage to walk across it."
Photo by David Denenberg
(suspension bridge)
Junction City, California, USA (Trinity River)
Bridgemeister ID:2345
Use:Vehicular
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • The reverse of the photograph says: "Old suspension bridge - Trinity Riv. 1 mile west of Junction City Ore. 9-16-57." I do not have additional information on this bridge, but the reference to Oregon appears to have been a mistake. Since Junction City, California is on the Trinity River, I have assumed California's Junction City to be the correct location. Junction City, Oregon is near the Willamette River.
  • The bridge pictured here has likely since been removed.
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg
(suspension bridge)
Los Angeles and Glendale, California, USA (Los Angeles River)
Bridgemeister ID:2362
Coordinates:N 34.11150 W 118.26317
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
Notes
  • USGS topographical maps note this is a "footbridge," but it struck me as a pipeline bridge when I drove by it a couple of times in 2007. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to stop and take photos. The bridge is visible from I-5, especially northbound, just south of the I-5 intersection with Glendale Boulevard.
(suspension bridge)
Petrolia, California, USA (Mattole River)
Bridgemeister ID:2143
Use:Vehicular
Status:Dismantled, 1962
Main cables:Wire
Main span:288f
Notes
  • There was an interesting saga regarding this bridge's dismantling and reconstruction at Bridgeville. Shirley Gundlach thought he had purchased the bridge from Humboldt County and proceeded to dismantle and move the bridge to Bridgeville. After he dismantled and moved the bridge, he was informed that multiple bids were being accepted and considered and he was not the high bidder. On August 14, 1962, Mr. Gundlach worked out a deal with the high bidder to take ownership of the bridge. The comedy of the situation was not lost on the locals. The August 11, 1962 edition of the Eureka Humboldt Standard ran an article that started:
    "Humboldt County has some loose bridgework today -- suspension type. It's not really missing, because everyone knows where it is, but the old bridge over the Mattole River near Petrolia isn't there any more, despite the fact the county hasn't actually sold it yet. The 'fiasco' as one county official termed it, boils down to the fact a man apparently thought he had purchased the ancient structure, had it torn down and moved, then discovered no one in county circles would admit to having given him the go-ahead. Removal of the bridge gave one supervisor, Melvin Bareilles, quite a start last Sunday when he journeyed to the Mattole to look the structure over and see if the purchaser was getting a good deal. When he got there the abutments were bare, so to speak. Bareilles' interest in the condition of the bridge stems from the fact the chagrined 'purchaser' is his brother-in-law, Shirley Gundlach of Bridgeville. Removal came as a complete surprise to him, he claims. Supervisor Elwyn L. Lindley within whose district the bridge is supposed to be located, did a 'double-take' on the bridge in Ferndale last Saturday. As he was walking down the main street of Ferndale with his wife, she noted a dismantled structure going by on a truck and commented it appeared a gas well drilling rig was being hauled away. Lindley gave it a glance and started to walk on, but then did the double-take and knew immediately it was the old bridge, with which he has been familiar since boyhood days. Charles Shaller, director of public works, says he gave no go-ahead to remove the bridge. However, he admits he 'sold' Gundlach the idea of obtaining the structure for access to subdivision land on the Van Duzen River. 'I've been trying to get rid of that old bridge for the past four years, and hadn't been able to do it anywhere,' he commented. 'I guess if any blame has to be laid on someone, it will have to be me, although I cautioned Gundlach not to remove the bridge until it was sold as required under the law.'"
  • Damaged by flood, 1955. Out of service, 1959.
  • Moved to (suspension bridge) - Bridgeville, California, USA.
(suspension bridge)
Salyer and Willow Creek, California, USA (South Fork Trinity River)
Bridgemeister ID:1855
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Replaced, c. 1930
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
(suspension bridge)
Scotia and Rio Dell, California, USA (Eel River)
Bridgemeister ID:1150
Status:Destroyed
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • I don't have much information about this bridge, but in the image I've seen, it is distinct from the other Humboldt County suspension bridges in my inventory.
  • Destroyed by flood, early 20th-century.
(suspension bridge)
White Hall vicinity, California, USA (South Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:2233
Principals:Walter Forbas
Status:Replaced, c. 1984
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • The May 9, 1984 edition of the Mountain Democrat and El Dorado News newspaper (Placerville, California) has a photo of this bridge with caption: "One of the old wooden suspension bridges that span the South Fork of the American River east of Whitehall is being replaced with a new I-beam bridge. The old bridge, built in the 1940s by Walter Forbas, was simply wearng out, according to Joe Rogers, who acquired the property in 1979 along with a partner, Gary Mahloch. The old bridge, built before rebars were available, had been beefed up with Model A frames. The new bridge will be 116 feet long and 12 feet wide and should be completed in about 45 days, said Rogers. The I-bars, two for each side bolted together, will be the base of the bridge. They will be covered with wooden planks and the sides will be of wrought iron."
(suspension bridge)
Willow Creek vicinity, California, USA (Trinity River)
Bridgemeister ID:2344
Use:Vehicular
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • The bridge pictured here appears to be similar to, but distinct from other Willow Creek vicinity bridges in the inventory. The bridge does not match the bridges in images I have seen of the Salyer and Hawkins Bar bridges. The description on the reverse of this photo is: "Over Trinity River near Willow Creek, Cal. between Arcata and Redding. Nov. 21, 1951." Arcata and Redding are 141 miles apart, so that information is not helpful except to reinforce that the bridge was along the modern-day CA-299 corridor near Willow Creek. This bridge is likely no longer in existence.
  • See 1940 Hawkins Bar - Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar, California, USA.
  • See (suspension bridge) - Salyer and Willow Creek, California, USA.
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg
(swinging bridge)
Richardson Springs, California, USA
Bridgemeister ID:313
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Wide footbridge.
Blaney (Trinity Alps Resort)
Trinity Alps, California, USA (Stuart Fork Trinity River)
Bridgemeister ID:931
O'Donnell ID:433
Coordinates:N 40.85663 W 122.88776
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~168f
Notes
  • Asymmetrical bridge with one tower much taller than the other. The larger tower appears to have been added in 2003 when the bridge was rebuilt following an August 2002 collapse due to a rusted cable. A sign on the current bridge reads "Blaney Bridge, Engineered by Colin Blaney, 2003," but there has been a suspension bridge at this location since before 2003. Follow the photo showing the damaged bridge for more information.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Bruce Gapinski
Cassidy
Sierra National Forest, California, USA (Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River - Ansel Adams Wilderness, Minarets Ranger District)
Bridgemeister ID:321
Structurae ID:0008193
Coordinates:N 37.48328 W 119.20778
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge and Pack
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:150f
Deck width:5f
Notes
Cazadero
Cazadero, California, USA
Bridgemeister ID:2352
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Appears to provide access to the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp.
China Flat Tract
Downiesville vicinity and Sierra City vicinity, California, USA (North Yuba River)
Bridgemeister ID:1432
O'Donnell ID:421
Coordinates:N 39.561033 W 120.754067
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~136f
Notes
  • Off Route 49 about midway between Downiesville and Sierra City.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Ecklon Toll
Folsom, California, USA (American River)
Bridgemeister ID:1552
References:IHS
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Collapsed, 1892
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • 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
Euchre Bar
Casa Loma vicinity, California, USA (North Fork American River - Tahoe National Forest)
Bridgemeister ID:2119
Coordinates:N 39.18558 W 120.7612
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge and Pack
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Horse
Burbank, California, USA (Los Angeles River)
Bridgemeister ID:2422
Coordinates:N 34.15550 W 118.31265
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Equestrian and Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:135f
Photo by Eric Sakowski
Horse
Tassajara Hot Springs vicinity, California, USA (Arroyo Seco - Los Padres National Forest)
Bridgemeister ID:1715
O'Donnell ID:415
Coordinates:N 36.218867 W 121.502183
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~97f
Notes
  • Located near confluence of Willow Creek and Arroyo Seco.
Photo by Barry Parr Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Lamb's
Latrobe vicinity and Plymouth vicinity, California, USA (Cosumnes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2117
Coordinates:N 38.52222 W 120.95587
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Notes
  • The location coordinates provided here are only to show (what I believe to be) the approximate location of this bridge, crossing the Cosumnes between present day El Dorado and Amador counties at Michigan Bar (as named on USGS topographical maps) on current Latrobe Road where Clark Creek meets the Cosumnes River. Note that USGS topographical maps show another, more prominently marked, "Michigan Bar" a few miles west in Sacramento County.
  • A California Highways and Public Works article (unsure of exact citation but it may be the article on the history of California bridges that appeared in the 1941 June issue and was reprinted in the 1950 September/October issue) says "there were four [suspension bridges] on the Cosumnes River, one of which (Lamb's Bridge on the Latrobe-Plymouth Road) killed one man and seven horses when it fell in 1869."
  • The October 14, 1976 edition of The Mountain Democrat Times (Placerville, California) has an article about the nearby Huse Bridge (from the Heritage Association of El Dorado) which mentions Lamb's Bridge: "...Lamb's Bridge, several miles downriver, was reconstructed in 1872 and was also a wire bridge of the same type [as Huse's]."
  • See 1852 Huse - Yeomet, California, USA.
  • See 1852 Wilson's - Cosumne, California, USA.
Photo by Stephen Porten
Martins Ferry
Martins Ferry, Weitchpec vicinity, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:1046
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire

Notes
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg
Martins Ferry
Martins Ferry, Weitchpec vicinity, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:1658
Status:Destroyed, Jan. 1890
Main cables:Wire
Notes
Potwisha
Sequioa National Park, California, USA (Middle Fork Kaweah River)
Bridgemeister ID:2391
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
South Fork Mule
Hyampom vicinity, California, USA (South Fork Trinity River - Six Rivers National Forest)
Bridgemeister ID:1993
O'Donnell ID:429
Coordinates:N 40.719083 W 123.523217
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Closed (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Marilyn Renaker of the "Committee to Save the Mule Bridge" writes in late August, 2006: "Trinity County and the Forest Service would like to abandon the Mule Bridge. Hyampom had a town meeting about this and everyone was opposed to the removal of the bridge which has been a part of our community since 1913."
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lance
South Fork Trinity River Trail
Forest Glen vicinity, California, USA (South Fork Trinity River - Trinity National Forest)
Bridgemeister ID:1997
O'Donnell ID:432
Coordinates:N 40.361383 W 123.306617
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~130f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Swinging
Philo, California, USA (Navarro River)
Bridgemeister ID:1295
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire
Weitchpec
Weitchpec, California, USA (Klamath River)
Bridgemeister ID:1048
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Eric Sakowski asked the Humboldt County Historical Society for information about this bridge and received this answer from Catherine Mace: "You have a good picture of the bridge over the Klamath River at Weitchpec. The large tree you see through the bridge is the gambling tree and the village of Weitchpec is the structures behind it. The road goes across and makes almost a hairpin turn to the right then it branches . To the right you go up river and to the left goes down river through Weitchpec."
  • See 1861 Weitchpec - Weitchpec, California, USA. The bridge pictured here was likely a replacement for the older bridge.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
Wood's Creek
Rae Lakes vicinity, California, USA (Wood's Creek - John Muir Trail, Kings Canyon National Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1213
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Probably built in 1990's.
Photo by Steven Longley

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