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Sentinel Bridge

Photos 

West Face From South Bank Of Merced River. Half Dome In Background

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #224351

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Sentinel Bridge was the oldest surviving Merced River bridge in Yosemite National Park; it originally carried the main traffic load over the river at the site of the Old Yosemite Village, once the center of activity in the Valley.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost Concrete deck girder bridge over Merced River on Sentinel Drive
Location
Mariposa County, California
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1918-19, Widened 1960, Replaced 1994
Builders
- Gutleben Brothers Bridge Co. of San Francisco, California (Contractor)
- Jack Campbell (1960 - Widening Contractor)
Design
Concrete deck girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 46.8 ft.
Total length: 94.3 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
Merced River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.74306, -119.58972   (decimal degrees)
37°44'35" N, 119°35'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/271818/4180464 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Half Dome
Inventory number
BH 51161 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 30, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • February 2, 2012: Added by Michael Goff

Sources 

  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER CA-94 - Sentinel Bridge, Spanning Merced River on Sentinel Bridge Crossover Road, Yosemite Village, Mariposa County, CA
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com