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Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Northern Electric Bridge

 
 
The Northern Electric Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
1. The Northern Electric Bridge Marker
Inscription.  In 1911, the Northern Electric Railway Company, along with Sacramento and Yolo counties, built the Northern Electric Bridge. The bridge carried a single railroad track with twin motor-vehicle roadways. Pedestrian walks cantilevered from the central support structure. It had two fixed-approach spans, each 125 feet long, with a center draw of 400 feet. The 12-foot square operator’s house, constructed of 4-inch thick concrete, was placed over the center of the structure.
Two 60 HP-D.C. motors mounted in the center pier opened the draw.
This river crossing structure served from 1912 until 1935 when the present Tower Bridge replaced it.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 38° 34.808′ N, 121° 30.438′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Capital Mall. This marker is located at the Capital Mall-Front Street entrance to the Water Front Promenade. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
The Northern Electric Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
2. The Northern Electric Bridge Marker
This marker is on the right, Tower Bridge: Gateway to the Capital marker is in the center, and another Tower Bridge marker is located on the right.
are within walking distance of this marker. The Tower Bridge (here, next to this marker); Tower Bridge: Gateway to the Capital (here, next to this marker); View Near the M Street Bridge (here, next to this marker); USS Sacramento (PG-19) (a few steps from this marker); City Wharf and Warehouses (a few steps from this marker); The Interurban Railroad Lines (a few steps from this marker); Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage (a few steps from this marker); The United States Merchant Marine (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .  Sacramento History – Sacramento’s Streetcars. (Submitted on February 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
3. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
The Northern Electric (M Street) Bridge, 1912
Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
4. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
The Northern Electric (M Street) Bridge and riverboats tied up to the City Wharf.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,321 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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