“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

R Street Bridge

R Street Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 5, 2013
1. R Street Bridge Marker
Inscription. R Street formed the boundary of a levee system that surrounded Sacramento. It also served as the base of operations for the State's first rail line, the Sacramento Valley Railroad. The line was designed by Theodore Judah, who also became the engineer for the Transcontinental Railroad. In 2010, the City officially opened the R Street Bridge as a designated bicycle and pedestrian crossing over the freeway, linking downtown with the newly developed Docks Area Promenade.
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. 0.2 miles 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
R Street Bridge and Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 5, 2013
2. R Street Bridge and Marker - Wide View
The west end of the R Street Bridge and the bicycle path that runs over it are visible here, along with the marker.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); 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 168 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 3, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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