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Near Douglas City in Trinity County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Steel Bridge

 
 
Steel Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, October 24, 2013
1. Steel Bridge Marker
Inscription.  The Union Hill Mines, which began in 1862, were located up the western slope of Union Hill from the mouth of Weaver Creek, at the head of Union Gulch. It was one of the largest placer mines in Trinity County. Water was ditched from Weaver Creek and Little Brown’s Creek. In 1904, Peter M. Paulsen acquired control of enough claims, that he constructed a 15 mile long ditch from Grass Valley Creek, collecting water from Sawmill and Tom Lang Gulches. Paulsen constructed a 165’ bridge on two concrete piers to support a 5,000’ siphon through a 30” pipe with the outlet end dropping 300’ in elevation into a 6.5’ x 4.5’ x 570’ long tunnel that emptied into the upper holding pond at the mine. The overcantilever and flat steel bridge was wide enough for the pipe and a wagon. Paulsen sold to Trinity Consolidated Mining Co. in 1911. In 1921, Tacitus R. Arbuckle leased the mine, ceasing continuous operation, in 1928. The bridge was dismantled for scrap at the beginning of WW II.
 
Erected 2013 by E Clampus Vitus, Trinitarianus Chapter 62 and Bureau of Land Management.
 
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is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 40° 40.471′ N, 122° 55.135′ W. Marker is near Douglas City, California, in Trinity County. Marker can be reached from Steel Bridge Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Douglas City CA 96024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lowden’s Wagon Road (approx. 1˝ miles away); Reading’s Bar (approx. 2.9 miles away); Race Track – Airport – Golf Course (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hamilton’s Store (approx. 3˝ miles away); Anvil Firing (approx. 4 miles away); Lee Family Ranch House (approx. 4 miles away); Paymaster Mine Stampmill (approx. 4 miles away); Trinity Congregational Church (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Douglas City.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Bureau of Land Management Steel Bridge Recreation Area off of Steel Bridge Road.
 
Steel Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, October 24, 2013
2. Steel Bridge Marker
The bridge pillars are all that remain of the Steel Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, October 24, 2013
3. The bridge pillars are all that remain of the Steel Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 585 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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