1 vote

Shoofly Bridge


Photo taken by Joe Salas


BH Photo #368970


Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Indian Creek on Road
Plumas County, California
Built 1889; Abandoned 1983; Failed relocation 1986
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
7-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Also called
Indian Falls Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.05056, -120.96434   (decimal degrees)
40°03'02" N, 120°57'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/673641/4435353 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Crescent Mills
Inventory number
BH 74223 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 20, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • February 20, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 20, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added builder per forum comment; Noted build date per newspaper article
  • October 31, 2016: Added by Daniel



Shoofly Bridge
Posted February 20, 2019, by Luke

From 1986:

"According to the Plumas County Road Department its proposed plan to move Shoofly Bridge to provide access to Greenville Park has been abandoned in favor of building a new steel bridge. The Road Department also considered purchasing a bridge from outside the county, but their efforts acquire an old bridge in Amador County met with the same resistance by historical groups there as the opposite by Plumas County's Historical Society to dismantle and move Shoofly Bridge."

Indian Falls Bridge
Posted February 19, 2019, by LOCALYOCAL

Known as the "Shoe Fly Bridge". Kansas City Bridge Co. Pre 1900 I believe. Old stage road bridge then vehicles before state rte. 89 was connected at the Wye. Pvt. prop. on north side but short easy hike off to the side if you follow the trail. Longer drive from south on Quarry Rd. (Travertine quarry) Great swimming hole underneath.

Indian Falls Bridge
Posted November 13, 2018, by Daniel

Makes sense. I'd been thinking originally RR and then later converted to road, but you're right about being built too light.

I'm still confused by the topos. Does early 1890s sound reasonable?

Indian Falls Bridge
Posted November 12, 2018, by Matt Lohry

The deck also has longitudinal runner planks, which is indicative of a road bridge. Also, the portal bracing is not high enough to accommodate rail traffic.

Indian Falls Bridge
Posted November 12, 2018, by Luke

Too light to be RR

Indian Falls Bridge
Posted November 12, 2018, by Daniel

I had considered railroad bridge being the most likely scenario, but none of the topo maps show a rail crossing of the river here either.

It could be one, I guess a short spur from the rail line (which appears to always have been SE of the river here) to town or something.

Indian Falls Bridge
Posted November 12, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

How many tunnels are there on the UP rail system in this area and/or in this county?I was baffled just trying to locate them.Seems they're everywhere you look!

Indian Falls Bridge
Posted November 12, 2018, by Daniel

Looking at old topo maps...

1962 doesn't show a road, nor do 1955, 1950

1980 shows a road, including crossing the river

but going much farther back...

1893 shows a road crossing the river at about the right place

1891 shows a significantly different route for the river, which surprises me (it doesn't make it's jog to the south)

It seems unlikely that the river changed it's course that much. Looking at the contour lines there's no other reasonable path.

Am I missing something?

Any thoughts on age? 1893 seems possible, but I'd be surprised at topo missing a bridge like this.

Indian Falls Bridge
Posted October 31, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Talk about your "Road less traveled"!

Indian Falls Bridge
Posted October 31, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice find!