“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fernbridge in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)


Fernbridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, February 8, 2014
1. Fernbridge Marker
Inscription. Dedicated on November 16, 1911 and affectionately known as the "Queen of Bridges", it was the longest reinforced concreted arch structure in the world at the time of its construction. The bridge was designed by John B. Leonard, Civil Engineer, license No. 12, with assistance from county surveyor George W. Conners.

The bridge is 24 feet wide with seven 195-foot arches and is 1,451 feet in length. Originally it had a gravel driving course with 500-foot timber trestle approaches. These were replaced in 1920 with reinforced concrete and pavement. The abutments and piers sit on 150 timber piles, each to a depth of 50 feet below the water line. In 1911 the cost to construct the bridge was $245,967.

The bridge has endured many floods, including the massive flood of 1964. In 1992 the bridge withstood three major earthquakes, one of which was over 7.0 in magnitude.

The "Queen of Bridges" continues to be a stalwart structure for the Eel River Valley.
Erected 2011 by Ferndale Parlor #93, Native Sons of the Golden West.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 40° 36.961′ N, 124° 12.105′ W. Marker is in Fernbridge
Fernbridge Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, February 8, 2014
2. Fernbridge Monument
(l-r)NSGW Grand Trustee Kristofer Nelson, Nicasio Parlor #183 member Dan Foppe and Grand Trustee Carey Pearce

The north or northeast approach to the bridge is visible in the background on the right.

The guardrail was smashed (wreckage visible) a few days before by an errant driver, just narrowly missing the monument.
, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is at the intersection of California Route 211 and Depot Street, on the left when traveling south on State Route 211. Click for map. Depot St. is little more than a gravel driveway off of Hwy 211. Traveling northwest on Fernbridge Drive (parallel to Hwy 101), turn left on Hwy 211, go about 100 feet and the monument will be directly on your left. Marker is in this post office area: Fortuna CA 95540, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First California Central Creamery (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Eel River Starts on Your Street (approx. 3.6 miles away); Ferndale (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Gazebo (approx. 4.2 miles away); Blackburn Law Office (approx. 4.2 miles away); "Poppa Joe's" (approx. 4.3 miles away); Ferndale Meat Market (approx. 4.3 miles away); Our Centennial (approx. 4.3 miles away).
Regarding Fernbridge. National Register of Historic Places #87000566 and a California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (1976).
Also see . . .
1. National Register of Historic Places Application. (Submitted on February 21, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. National Register of Historic Places Photo(s). (Submitted on February 21, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
Fernbridge c1910 image. Click for full size.
3. Fernbridge c1910
Fernbridge c1911 image. Click for full size.
4. Fernbridge c1911
Fernbridge Panoramic c1912 image. Click for full size.
5. Fernbridge Panoramic c1912
Fernbridge c1912 image. Click for full size.
6. Fernbridge c1912
Fernbridge c1915 image. Click for full size.
7. Fernbridge c1915
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the ASCE plaque. • Current photo of the bridge. • Can you help?
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