Crockett in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Al Zampa Memorial Bridge
Crockett, California 2003
Al started his career in ironworks when he was 20 years old on the first Carquinez Bridge opening in 1927. He worked on all of the highway and railroad bridges in the area, including the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. In 1936 Al fell from the Golden Gate into the safety net designed by famous bridge engineer Joseph Strauss. He survived the fall, but it severely injured him. After recovering, Al immediately returned to his job on the bridge and along with other fall survivors, he helped form the Halfway to Hell Club. The highlight of Al's career came when his two sons joined him as ironworkers to help build the second Carquinez Bridge that would open in 1958 to carry traffic eastbound on the new Interstate 80 Highway.
In 1987, some years after his retirement, on the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge a play called The Ace was produced based on Al's life story. The play ran at Ft. Point in San Francisco for several weeks. Al began to share his story with the media and was interviewed
Al always spoke highly of being a union ironworker and the benefits he received as a union member. He was very competitive and did not like to fail. He enjoyed playing pool and coaching little league baseball. He started the first Tri-City Little League with friends in 1947. He coached his Crockett team to victory, winning the league 6 consecutive years. While working, coaching little league baseball, playing pool or any of his pastimes, Al Zampa was dedicated to achievement.
In March of 2000 ground was broken on a new suspension bridge to replace the original Carquinez Bridge. Al was there to see history repeat itself. The new bridge is named in memory of Crockett's own Alfred Zampa and in recognition of the men and women of the building and construction trades who build these great monuments.
Location. 38° 3.351′ N, 122° 14.26′ W. Marker is in Crockett, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from San Pablo Avenue 0.1 miles west of Merchant Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20050 San Pablo Avenue, Crockett CA 94525, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Old Homestead (approx. 0.9 miles away); Crockett World War I Veterans Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); Anza Expedition of 1776 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lefty Gomez Field (approx. 2.3 miles away); The De Anza Expedition in Rodeo (approx. 2.3 miles away); First Wireless Station (approx. 2½ miles away); The Burlington Hotel (approx. 3 miles away); McNear Warehouse (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crockett.
More about this marker. The marker is at a signed vista point, about 400 feet uphill from The Dead Fish. (That's the name of the restaurant.)
Also see . . . The Al Zampa Memorial Bridge Foundation. The foundation presents more information on its namesake. (Submitted on December 17, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 17, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.