Near Auburn in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge
The MQRR Bridge, designed by John B. Leonard, was completed and placed in service on March 23, 1912 at a cost of $300,000. The bridge was reported to be the "longest span concrete arched bridge for railroad traffic owned by 'private capital' in the world" at the time of its completion. The bridge is 15 feet wide at the top, 482 feet long and 75 feet high. Each of the three arches has a span of 140 feet.
Erected 2012 by Native Sons of the Golden West & California State Parks. (Marker Number GPY 135-10.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 38° 54.964′ N, 121° 2.423′ W. Marker is near Auburn, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Old Foresthill Road east of Golden Chain Highway (California Highway 49), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Coming from Auburn on Hwy 49/193, Old Foresthill
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge (here, next to this marker); The Junction House (approx. one mile away); Auburn Depot (approx. 1.7 miles away); Southern Pacific Caboose (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Auburn Depot (approx. 1.7 miles away); Auburn Iron Works (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Chinese Coolie (approx. 1.7 miles away); Marguerite Mine “Quartz Rock” (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
Regarding Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge. National Register of Historic Places #04000014
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1. Mountain Quarries Railroad. Construction of this railroad started in 1910, and was used to serve a large quarry near Cool, CA. and haul the limestome mined there to a connection with the SP at Flint (Auburn),CA. The line used 17 trestles, a large triple arch concrete bridge, plus a switchback to make this seven mile trip. (Submitted on August 14, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. Iconic Auburn-area Bridge Turns 100. Whatever you may want to call it, Placer County loves its Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge. Painted, photographed and just plain admired, the span that some dare to call “No Hands Bridge” has reached the spry old age of 100... (Submitted on August 14, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
3. The "No Hands Bridge". On March 23, 2014 this historic bridge was dedicated as a California Registered Historic Landmark (Submitted on March 28, 2014.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 14, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California. 4, 5. submitted on April 22, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.