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Rancho Calaveras Bridge


Rancho Calaveras Bridge

Photo taken by Images Of Rancho Calaveras Organization


BH Photo #340976



This bridge is almost a phantom. Nobody knows anything about it, but it is there. The road that it is on has been gated for years, but the gates don't look permanent. On Google Earth, it appears to be a 2 span Pratt or Fink through truss. I checked and found that the bypass bridge was built in 1979, and the bridge is similar to others built from 1890 to 1930.


Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Calaveras River on Abandoned Road
Rancho Calaveras, Calaveras County, California
Abandoned with some deterioration
2 span Pratt through truss bridge with wood approaches.
Also called
Jenny Lind Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.08885, -120.86541   (decimal degrees)
38°05'20" N, 120°51'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/687195/4217824 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jenny Lind
Inventory number
BH 69851 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,191)
Beam (13,163)
Calaveras County, California (33)
California (2,164)
Mystery (91)
One-lane traffic (7,513)
Owned by county (19,092)
Pratt through truss (4,718)
Pratt truss (8,207)
Rancho Calaveras, California (1)
Through truss (13,232)
Timber stringer (3,463)
Truss (29,972)
Wooden deck (5,897)

Update Log 

  • November 6, 2015: New photo from Erik Hoffman
  • November 5, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: In reply to Luke, "Jenny Lind" is part of Rancho Calaveras.
  • November 1, 2015: Updated by Luke: Correction: The build date was for a bridge at another location named "Jenny Lind"
  • October 31, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Added categories "One-lane traffic", "Wooden deck", "Mystery"



Rancho Calaveras Bridge
Posted September 25, 2016, by Echo Annderson (Echo Anderson [at] Outlook [dot] com)

Nice little bridge. I do not live in calafornia and have no idea why the road is gated. Obviously if the gates have been there sense the bypass was built, and they've probably been there for like 37 years (I didn't do no math), they probably are permanent. if they built a fence they probably are permanent. they look very permanent.