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Stony Creek Bridge


Stony Creek Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on April 16, 2010


BH Photo #162915

Street View 


The three bridges across Stony Creek at this same exact site have been important links between the valley and the villages, mountain resorts, and farms located in the foothills. The contract for the concrete Winslow Bridge was awarded to F.H. Nielson of Orland on Tuesday, August 12, 1919 by the Glenn County Supervisors. Mr. Nielson, whose low bid was $23,420.00, was reported to be a well equipped contractor who had “been running several large crews of men on big irrigation and bridge contracts, and is in touch with responsible men to do the work, and also has the machinery and equipment for pushing the business without delay.” The heavy traffic of “auto trucks” had rendered the old truss bridge “inadequate for further use.” Courtesy of: Wagon Wheels, Colusi County Historical Society


Concrete arch bridge over Stony Creek
Glenn County, California
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1919
- F. H. Nielson (Builder)
The Stony Creek Bridge in an unusual concrete arch form, an open spandrel arch with continuous arch rings. It is one of few California examples of this form, generally referred to as the "spanderel cross wall" bridge.
(Historic Highway Bridges of California, Cal-Trans, 1990)
Length of largest span: 111.9 ft.
Total length: 125.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.61181, -122.52879   (decimal degrees)
39°36'43" N, 122°31'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/540449/4384779 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elk Creek
Inventory numbers
CA 11C-88 (California bridge number)
BH 10886 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 13, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added historical note, added photo
  • January 9, 2011: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • November 13, 2010: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • April 19, 2010: New photos from Michael Goff
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added street view


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com


Stony Creek Bridge
Posted July 15, 2016, by Daniel Laraway (Laraway [at] rocketmail [dot] com)

My grandad, Hazen Laraway, grew up in Winslow, CA which is no longer on the map. Here is a photo of him with his older brother Lester and dad George at the Stony Creek Bridge. He was born in 1901 in Winslow with the assistance of a native midwife from the area. They used to run a general store and would trade with Native Americans there- salmon, caught from the river, for canned goods. It was a two family town, the general store, run by my family and a saloon, run by the other family. My grandad wrote a book about it that we have. He treasured those years, playing with his brother and few friends with nothing but a pocket knife.

Daniel Laraway

Stony Creek Bridge
Posted November 13, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Pictures posted documenting three historical bridges at this location.