Penn Valley in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Bridgeport Historic District
Erected 2014 by Native Sons of the Golden West, the California State Parks Foundation and California State Parks. (Marker Number 390.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
Location. 39° 17.518′ N, 121° 11.706′ W. Marker is in Penn Valley, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Pleasant Valley Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Penn Valley CA 95946, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 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); Jacob Van Blaren (approx. 3.8 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). Touch for a list and map 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 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 (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 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. 3, 4. submitted on October 28, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.