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Las Pilitas Road Bridge


Side view, facing south

This photo probably taken from on the new bridge.

Photo taken 2006 May 23 by Kirby James, used with permission


View this photo at lkjh.org

BH Photo #235475



Bridge closed, preserved in place.

Featured in the series finale episode of House M.D.


Through truss bridge over Salinas River on Las Pilitas Road
San Luis Obispo County, California
Closed to vehicles, roadway has been realigned with new bridge
Future prospects
Determined eligible by the Keeper of the National Register in the Caltrans 1985 Historic Metal Truss Bridges in California Thematic Resources study; its continued eligibility was confirmed in the 2004 Caltrans Historic Bridge Inventory update.
Built 1917
- Austin F. Parsons (County Engineer Designer)
- Gutleben Brothers Bridge Co. of San Francisco, California
Pin-connected, 9-panel Camelback Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 231.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.9 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Rinconada Las Pilitas Bridge
Rinconada-Las Pilitas Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.34892, -120.51311   (decimal degrees)
35°20'56" N, 120°30'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/725988/3914576 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lopez Mountain
Inventory numbers
CA 49C-190 (California bridge number)
BH 11455 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pratt through truss", "Pratt truss"
  • December 1, 2014: Updated by Dallam Oliver-Lee: added info
  • July 21, 2012: New photos from Fmiser
  • July 17, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited builder section to not contain the builder's name
  • July 17, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: changed design to "parker", added builder
  • November 22, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: refined design
  • July 25, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added engineer data
  • March 12, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Updated status and added street view



Las Pilitas Road Bridge
Posted June 1, 2013, by Dave Flynn (Aflynn [at] fix [dot] net)

This bridge was in final scenes of the tv series"House"

Las Pilitas Road Bridge
Posted July 21, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

We have photos! Thanks to Andrew,


and courtesy of Kirby James


Andrew was hunting for the bridge used in a move, found it, then contacted the author of the blog for permission to use his photos.

All I did was upload photos and caption them.

Las Pilitas Road Bridge
Posted January 14, 2012, by PA Buehler (pabuehler [at] gmail [dot] com)