Historic Route 66 - Rockfield Bridge - Oro Grande, California, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 34° 34.451 W 117° 19.370
11S E 470389 N 3825870
Quick Description: The 1930 Rockfield Bridge - Also known as Route 66 Bridge. A skewed, Baltimore Truss Bridge, carrying the National Trails Highway, (Old Route 66) across The Mojave Desert River at Oro Grande, California.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 12/22/2014 10:19:11 AM
Waymark Code: WMN409
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
The Rockfield bridge, is its official name, but the bridge in several other names in common use, Mojave River Bridge, Oro Grande Bridge, & the Route 66 Bridge.

Note the rare cast & moulded railings, also the skewed & modified appearance makes it look as if its about to fall into the dried up river below.

The Bridge crosses the Mojave River which is a very rare, & unusual river, as it flows mostly under the sand, and flows inland (Yes it flows Inland, & not into the Ocean) & disappears, terminating in the desert.

From The California Route 66 Web Site:
"After leaving Oro Grande, Route 66 crosses the Mojave River at a great old steel-truss bridge, a vintage Route 66 structure built in 1930. Once across the bridge you are entering Victorville, another town that got its start from the demand for cement at the turn of the century. During the hey-day of Route 66 Victorville had the western flavor that Hollywood was looking for and many an old B western was filmed in the area. Dude ranches and apple orchards rounded out the "getting out in the country" feel of the town." Text source: (visit link)

From the Bridge Hunters Web Site:
"History: Built 1930
Design: Baltimore through truss
Dimensions: Length of largest span: 270.0 ft.
Total length: 575.2 ft. Deck width: 34.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
Also called: Route 66 Bridge, & Oro Grande Bridge"
Text Source: (visit link)
Program: America's Byways

Website: [Web Link]

Official Name: Historic Route 66

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