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Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge (original 1856 bridge)

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Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge

Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge. Photo taken at high water mark on Lake Oroville.

Photo taken by Larry Matthews on May 14, 2012

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This structure is the only surviving suspension bridge in the American West dating to the mid 19th century. When reconstructed over Lake Oroville, it was "strengthened" with pile supports under the bridge deck.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Relocated suspension bridge formerly over Feather River
Location
Butte County, California
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1856 using materials transported from Troy, NY; closed to traffic in 1954; relocated 1967
Builders
- Jones & Murray
- Starbuck Iron Works (Fabrication)
Design
Wire/cable suspension
Dimensions
Total length: 240.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.53747, -121.45417   (decimal degrees)
39°32'15" N, 121°27'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/632840/4377563 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oroville Dam
Inventory number
BH 36276 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 17, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • May 15, 2012: New photo from Larry Matthews
  • January 31, 2012: HAER photos posted by Michael Goff
  • November 13, 2010: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • March 16, 2008: Updated by Larry Matthews
  • February 17, 2008: Added by Larry Matthews

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Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge (original 1856 bridge)
Posted August 21, 2012, by William G. (Garry) Price (wgppilut [at] aol [dot] com)

I too remember picknicking at Bidwell's Bar in the 50s. My mother was a nurse at the county hospital and they had a employee's picnic there. I remember seeing beaver in the river. A nice place but the water was sure cold.

Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge (original 1856 bridge)
Posted August 21, 2012, by William G. (Garry) Price (wgppilut [at] aol [dot] com)

I too remember picknicking at Bidwell's Bar in the 50s. My mother was a nurse at the county hospital and they had a employee's picnic there. I remember seeing beaver in the river. A nice place but the water was sure cold.

Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge
Posted January 20, 2010, by John Bell (jnpbell [at] clearwire [dot] net)

As a young boy, I remember picnics at the Bidwell Bar Bridge, and the water was swift and cold. One outing, I lost a plastic folding knife which I had wanted for quite some time - oh, well.