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Folsom Truss Bridge
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 38° 40.909 W 121° 10.498
10S E 658744 N 4283048
Quick Description: Finest Highway Span on the Pacific Coast – that’s what engineers described the Folsom Truss Bridge when it was first built in 1893. They predicted it would last more than 100 years – and they were right!
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 1/15/2007 12:25:49 PM
Waymark Code: WM14XE
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member trekinldy59
Views: 85

Long Description:

This bridge was originally built across the American River in 1893 replacing the Ecklon Toll Bridge, a suspension bridge that had collapsed the year before. It was used for carrying horses, wagons, and livestock across the American River. At that time, some said it was the finest bridge in the country. For the first few years there were few automobiles that needed to cross its narrow span and it was not designed to carry the weight but after the turn of the century the need for a bridge for automobiles became more evident. The Truss Bridge was abandoned in 1917 when the Rainbow Bridge opened.

The bridge was originally to be shipped to Japan, however the war intervened, and the bridge remained untouched until 1930. The bridge remained in place until the State of California bought it for $250 and moved it to Siskiyou County as a crossing on the Klamath River. From 1930 until the late 1990's it was known as Walker Bridge, as it spanned the Klamath on Walker Road. When Siskiyou County decided they no longer needed the bridge in 1998, Folsom bought it back. The original footings were still in place but they and the bridge were totally rebuilt and reinstalled. On April 15, 2000 it was reopened for public use as a bicycle and pedestrian bridge. In recognition that its original design was not for automobiles, there is a sign on each end of the bridge which reads "$5 fine for driving over this bridge faster than a walk. $25 fine for driving more than 20 head of horses, 50 head of cattle or 200 sheep, hogs or goats over this bridge at one time."

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For more pictures of the bridge, taken at a slightly different location, check our Photos Than and Now waymark.

Parking Coordinates:: N 38° 41.016 W 121° 10.498

Date Built: 01/01/1893


Length of Span: Not listed

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