Penn Valley in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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. Touch 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); Jacob Van Blaren (approx. 3.9 miles away); Anthony House and Ranch Rough and Ready (approx. 5.3 miles away); Fippin's Blacksmith Shop (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 as to whether the Bridgeport covered bridge, at a claimed
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 •
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