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Bradbury in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mr. Bradbury’s Bridge

1908

 
 
Mr. Bradbury’s Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 3, 2019
1. Mr. Bradbury’s Bridge Marker
Inscription.  With the 1907 extension of Huntington’s Pacific Electric system through Duarte to Glendora, a cut was created to level the railroad’s right of way in front of L.L. Bradbury’s country home. To provide access to his home, the site of which is now occupied by Royal Oaks Manor, Bradbury commissioned the construction of this bridge. Like the Puente Largo aereo bridge carrying the Pacific Electric over the San Gabriel River, it is an early example of reinforced concrete bridges in the western United States. The bridge is about 90 feet long. The arch is 60 feet long and 23 feet high above the roadbed. The roadway, paved directly on top of the arch, is 22 feet wide. Closed to traffic around 1960, it has remained open for pedestrian use. The original stairs were removed, but were replaced during the renovation in 2003.
 
Erected 2004 by City of Bradbury; and Duarte Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 8.623′ N, 117° 58.069′ W. Marker is in Bradbury, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection
Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 3, 2019
2. Bridge and Marker
of Royal Oaks Drive North and Oaks Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Royal Oaks Drive North. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1763 Royal Oaks Drive, Duarte CA 91010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Trails Restaurant (approx. one mile away); Glenn Miller (approx. 1.7 miles away); Pacific Electric Railway (approx. 1.9 miles away); Azusa, the Canyon City (approx. 3½ miles away); Seabiscuit (approx. 4.4 miles away); Santa Anita During World War II (approx. 4½ miles away); Elias J. Baldwin (approx. 4½ miles away); Adams Pack Station (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
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Mr. Bradbury’s Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 3, 2019
3. Mr. Bradbury’s Bridge
Bridge and Bike Path image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 3, 2019
4. Bridge and Bike Path
The stairs are beyond the bridge on the right.
Bridge and Pacific Electric Railway image. Click for full size.
By Alan Weeks, 1951
5. Bridge and Pacific Electric Railway
Puente Largo Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 3, 2019
6. Puente Largo Bridge
Located two miles east of the marker. Built in 1907. The steel section at left was added after flood damage in 1938.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 6, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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