Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
R Street Bridge
Location. 38° 34.518′ N, 121° 30.549′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is on Front Street south of O Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. California’s First Passenger Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Street Lights (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Birth Place of the Railroads (approx. ¼ mile away); The Docks (approx. 0.3 miles away); The First Brick Building in Sacramento (approx. 0.3 miles away); Independent Boat Operations of the 1850s The River Lines Fleet (approx. 0.3 miles away); City Wharf and Warehouses (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Regarding R Street Bridge. The marker text and accompanying 1920's-era picture (click to enlarge) could use further explication, specifically:
The picture itself does not show the R Street Bridge, that is a more modern construction that was built in the early 1960's to allow for trains to cross over Interstate 5 when that was routed on the east side of the Sacramento River, with the Interstate being routed below ground level through this area. The bridge starts about where the picture points out the "Active Railroad Tracks on R Street" and headed east (picture right).
All the buildings visible to the west (left) of the railroad tracks that run roughly up the middle of the picture are long gone, and the Promenade now occupies that area, running from roughly the bottom of the picture to the Tower Bridge.
All the buildings visible to the east (right) of those tracks are also long gone, having been torn down in the big redevelopment project that ran I-5 through what used to be the 19th Century heart of Sacramento.
The "Former M Street Bridge Currently Tower Bridge" is actually the M Street Bridge. It was taken down and replaced by the Tower Bridge in the 1930's.
Although the marker indicates that City officially "opened" the bridge in 2010, it was already open long before that as an unofficial pedestrian crossing, as that section of the rail line had not been in use for a long stretch before then. Also, downtown was already linked to the Docks Area Promenade at Capitol Mall (formerly M St.), five blocks to the north.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 3, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.