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Penn Valley in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bridgeport Historic District

 
 
Bridgeport Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Kochis
1. Bridgeport Historic District Marker
Inscription. Built in 1862 by David J. Wood with lumber from his mill in Sierra County, the covered bridge was part of the Virginia Turnpike Company toll road that served the northern mines and the Nevada Comstock Lode. The associated ranch and resources for rest and repair provided a necessary lifeline across the Sierra Nevada. Utilizing a unique combination truss and arch construction, Bridgeport Covered Bridge is one of the oldest housed spans in the western United States and the longest single span, wooden covered bridge in the world.
 
Erected 2014 by Native Sons of the Golden West, the California State Parks Foundation and California State Parks. (Marker Number 390.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.518′ N, 121° 11.706′ W. Marker is in Penn Valley, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Pleasant Valley Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Penn Valley CA 95946, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bridgeport (Nyes Crossing) Covered Bridge (here, next to this marker); Bridgeport Bridge (within shouting
Bridgeport Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Mike Kochis
2. Bridgeport Historic District
NSGW Historical Preservation Foundation Chairman, Past Grand President David Allen with the newly rededicated plaque.
distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bridgeport Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Long Distance Telephone (approx. 2 miles away); Anthony House and Ranch (approx. 4 miles away); Rough and Ready (approx. 5.3 miles away); Fippin's Blacksmith Shop (approx. 5.3 miles away); Republic of Rough and Ready (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Penn Valley.
 
More about this marker. There are three markers for the bridge, two on the south end and one on the north end. See nearby markers for more information. This marker is a replacement for the one titled Bridgeport (Nyes Crossing) Covered Bridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bridgeport Covered Bridge, Nevada County, CA. One of the most beautiful bridges in Nevada County, if not in all of the Gold Country is the Bridgeport covered bridge on the South Fork of the Yuba River in the South Yuba River State Park... (Submitted on October 27, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

2. Bridgeport. The Bridgeport
Dignitaries image. Click for full size.
By Mike Kochis
3. Dignitaries
From left to right:
Hank West, Nevada County Supervisor
Matt Green, Sector Superintendent, California State Parks
Amy Crain, California Office of Historic Preservation
David Anderson, South Yuba State Park, Association
David Allen, Past Grand President Native Sons of the Golden West
Covered Bridge is one of the longest single-span covered bridges in the country. Built by David Ingerfield John Wood in 1862, the bridge stretches 230 feet across the swift-flowing South Fork of the Yuba River, and was part of the Virginia Turnpike Company Toll Road that once served the Northern Mines and Nevada’s Comstock Lode. The bridge was constructed with native lumber from Woods’ mill in Plum Valley, in nearby Sierra County. The exterior of the bridge was finished with wood shingles...
(Submitted on October 27, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

3. Bridgeport Covered Bridge. ...A product of the Northern California Gold Rush, the Bridgeport Covered Bridge is believed to be the longest, single-span, wooden covered bridge in the United States. Crossing the south fork of the Yuba River at a span of 233 feet, the bridge was built by the Virginia City Turnpike Company as part of a 14-mile toll road authorized by the California state legislature. The toll road was an essential link connecting Virginia City, Nevada, and the silver-producing Comstock Lode with the centers of California commerce.

The Bridgeport Covered Bridge is unique in its design, a combination of truss and arch design apparently taken from a plan by bridge-designer Theodore Burr for a span across the Hudson River. One of only ten covered bridges remaining in California, the bridge is sheathed in more than 27,000 sugar-pine
The Unveiling image. Click for full size.
By Jim Dierberger, October 26, 2014
4. The Unveiling
Amy Crain and David Allen unveil the plaque.
shingles. The laminated arches, anchored by massive granite blocks and built of Douglas Fir cut by the Virginia City Turnpike Company, are visible from both inside and outside the bridge...
(Submitted on October 27, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

4. Bridgeport Historic District - California Historical Landmark Application. The California State Office of Historic Preservation's application for historical landmark status for the Bridgeport Historic District. Includes a statement of significance, and explanation of the historic elements that make up the district, and photos. (Submitted on October 28, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California.   3, 4. 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.
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