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Holly Street Bridge


Holly Street Bridge Looking North

The famous Rose Bowl is visible behind and below the bridge



BH Photo #113960


Street View 

To Open Bridge at Pasadena - Los Angeles Time 1925 

Written by Los Angeles Times Staff Correspondent

New Span Over Arroyo Seco Ready for Use
Structure Praised for Unique Construction
Is Work of City Engineer W.C. Earle

Pasadena, April 2 [1925]

Pasadena's newest bridge which spans the Arroyo Seco will be formally opened to the public Saturday, the 11th inst., it was announced today by City Manager Koiner. The new bridge, known as the Linda Vista Bridge, is unique in that it was but one mighty span, believed to be the longest and highest concrete span of any bridge in the west. It was designed and built by W.C. Earle, city engineer.

When the old Linda Vista bridge was condemned last summer students from the California Institute of Technology destroyed the structure with TNT. Then bonds for $100,000 were voted for the construction of a new bridge. Bids were called for but each bid was thrown out by the directors on the grounds that they were too high and as a result the city engineer designed and built the bridge himself.

It is a structure of great stability and beauty. Col. Frank E. Webb, well-known engineer and bridge builder, who has been secured to erect the great span at San Fransico is now in Pasadena to copy the Pasadenan's style of construction. Mr. Earle was assisted by Prof. Romeo R. Martel of the California Institute of Technology and Albert La Van, authority on bridge construction.

Appropriate exercises in which city officials will participate will mark the formal opening it was declared at the City Hall today.

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Concrete arch bridge over Arroyo Blvd. & Arroyo Seco on Holly Street in Pasadena
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1925
- City of Pasadena
- W.C. Earle
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 247.1 ft.
Total length: 410.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Linda Vista Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.14833, -118.16500   (decimal degrees)
34°08'54" N, 118°09'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/392599/3779216 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
CA 53C-1041 (California bridge number)
BH 10985 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 39 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 9, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • December 16, 2010: New photos from David Kimbrough
  • March 26, 2009: Essay added by David Kimbrough
  • December 19, 2008: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • June 6, 2008: Updated by David Kimbrough
  • May 3, 2008: New photos from David Kimbrough


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Holly Street Bridge - Pasadena
Posted February 4, 2008, by David Kimbrough (kimbrough-photo [at] charter [dot] net)

There a many bridges accross the Arroyo Seco which runs from the San Gabriel Mountains in the north of Los Angeles County to where it joins the Los Angeles River south of the Glendale Narrows just north of DTLA. This one is just north the much more famous Colorado Street Bridge and just south, by a few hundred meters, of the Rose Bowl.

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