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PE - Santa Ana River Bridge (Santa Ana)

Photos 

Photo taken by Steven Miller

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

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BH Photo #241910

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pegram through truss bridge over Santa Ana River Channel on Pacific Electric Railway
Location
Garden Grove, Orange County, California
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1905; Abandoned 1950; Closed off early 1970s
Builders
- Edgemoor Bridge Works of Wilmington, Delaware
- George Pegram of Council Bluffs, Iowa
Railroads
- Interurban
- Pacific Electric Railway (PE)
Design
Two span Pegram truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 302.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.75253, -117.90644   (decimal degrees)
33°45'09" N, 117°54'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/416048/3735086 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Anaheim
Elevation
86 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 50166 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 28, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builder based on design details + noted that bridge was more than likely relocated.
  • July 25, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added link to historical image
  • June 12, 2016: Updated by Luke: Noted that the bridge is NRHP eligible and that the bridge's future is at risk.
  • June 11, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • May 30, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added build date
  • December 27, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "George Pegram"
  • December 26, 2012: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • October 25, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • October 23, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Removed "Los Angeles" from Pacific Electric Railway in description as the line was only named "Pacific Electric"
  • October 23, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Los Angeles Pacific Electric Railways", "Interurban"
  • November 14, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: refined description
  • November 13, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • November 13, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: It is a Pegram truss
  • November 13, 2011: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • November 12, 2011: Added by Craig Philpott

Comments 

Santa Ana River Channel Railroad Bridge
Posted December 27, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Great photos, Craig.

Santa Ana River Channel Railroad Bridge
Posted November 13, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just thought it was a polygonal Warren at first...But I do agree that it indeed a Pegram with inclined verticals as apposed to being all diagonal members.

Good eye on that one Clark!

Santa Ana River Channel possible Pegram Truss?
Posted November 13, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

There is a good photo over on panoramio of this bridge and yes, the top chord segments do appear to be the same length. Interesting.

Santa Ana River Channel Railroad Bridge
Posted November 13, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It's hard to tell the length of the segments in the top chord but might this be a Pegram Truss?

Santa Ana River Channel Railroad Bridge
Posted November 13, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Other remarks on the web suggest this is abandoned from an old electric trolly system in the region. This would make sense since the width is less then a standard gauge single track bridge. There is also a photo accessible through street view on google maps that indicates this bridge is an interesting design with a curved top chord and tilted compression members. None of the "vertical" compression members are exactly vertical but rather are tilted toward the center.

Santa Ana River Channel Railroad Bridge
Posted November 12, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Santa Ana River Trail is on both sides of this bridge...looks like this would be a perfect way to connect them!