Fernbridge in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The bridge is 24 feet wide with seven 195-foot arches and is 1,451 feet in length. Originally it had a gravel driving course with 500-foot timber trestle approaches. These were replaced in 1920 with reinforced concrete and pavement. The abutments and piers sit on 150 timber piles, each to a depth of 50 feet below the water line. In 1911 the cost to construct the bridge was $245,967.
The bridge has endured many floods, including the massive flood of 1964. In 1992 the bridge withstood three major earthquakes, one of which was over 7.0 in magnitude.
The "Queen of Bridges" continues to be a stalwart structure for the Eel River Valley.
Erected 2011 by Ferndale Parlor #93, Native Sons of the Golden West.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 40° 36.961′ N, 124° 12.105′ W. Marker is in Fernbridge Touch for map. Depot St. is little more than a gravel driveway off of Hwy 211. Traveling northwest on Fernbridge Drive (parallel to Hwy 101), turn left on Hwy 211, go about 100 feet and the monument will be directly on your left. Marker is in this post office area: Fortuna CA 95540, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First California Central Creamery (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Eel River Starts on Your Street (approx. 3.6 miles away); Ferndale (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Gazebo (approx. 4.2 miles away); Blackburn Law Office (approx. 4.2 miles away); "Poppa Joe's" (approx. 4.3 miles away); Ferndale Meat Market (approx. 4.3 miles away); Our Centennial (approx. 4.3 miles away).
Regarding Fernbridge. National Register of Historic Places #87000566 and a California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (1976).
Also see . . .
1. National Register of Historic Places Application. (Submitted on February 21, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. National Register of Historic Places Photo(s). (Submitted on February 21, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 387 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 21, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the ASCE plaque. • Current photo of the bridge. • Can you help?