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

Bridgeport Bridge

 
 
Bridgeport Bridge Marker - north side of bridge image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 29, 2008
1. Bridgeport Bridge Marker - north side of bridge
Inscription. This covered bridge across the South Fork of the Yuba River at Bridgeport, Nevada Co., Calif. was built by David I. Wood in 1862 with lumber from his mill in Plum Valley, Sierra Co., Calif. Erected by Columbia Parlor No. 70, N.D.G.W., French Corral, Calif. October 17, 1948.
 
Erected 1948 by Native Daughters of the Golden West.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.588′ N, 121° 11.697′ W. Marker is in Penn Valley, California, in Nevada County. Marker can be reached from 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. A different marker also named Bridgeport Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Bridgeport (Nyes Crossing) Covered Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bridgeport Historic District (about 400 feet away); The First Long Distance Telephone (approx. 2 miles away); Anthony House and Ranch (approx. 4.1 miles away);
Bridgeport Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pam Muzyka Dixon, August 18, 2007
2. Bridgeport Bridge Marker
The marker can be seen through this "barrel shot" of the bridge.
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, this one on the north end and two others on the south end. See nearby markers for more information.
 
Regarding Bridgeport Bridge. Bridgeport was an important point on the Virginia Turnpike, connecting the agricultural town of Marysville in California’s Central Valley to the gold mines of Virginia City, Nevada. Miners and their supplies were carted eastwards up into the mountains, and the gold was sent back the other direction. The covered bridge had a toll until 1901, after which it was taken over by Nevada County and made free of charge. The California Department of Parks and Recreation acquired the bridge and some of the surrounding lands in 1986, incorporating them into South Yuba River State Park. The bridge was restored in 1996, damaged by flooding in 1998, and then subsequently repaired. The bridge is open to non-vehicular traffic only.

There is some question
Bridgeport Covered Bridge - west side view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 29, 2008
3. Bridgeport Covered Bridge - west side view
The Pleasant Valley Road bridge, which replaced the covered bridge, is visible in the background, just to the east of the covered bridge.
as to whether the Bridgeport covered bridge, at a claimed length of 251 feet, is truly the longest single span covered bridge in existence, as the same claim has been put forth for the Old Blenheim Bridge in New York State. While the Bridgeport covered bridge's total length is longer, it is somewhat shorter when measuring the length it actually clears (i.e., the clear span).
 
Also see . . .
1. Nevada County's history of Bridgeport. (Submitted on June 24, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.)
2. The California Department of Parks and Recreation's webpage for South Yuba River State Park. (Submitted on June 24, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.)
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
View of Yuba River looking east from Pleasant Valley Road Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 29, 2008
4. View of Yuba River looking east from Pleasant Valley Road Bridge
 
 
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