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JPBX - San Francisquito Creek Bridge


San Francisquito Creek RR bridge

1963, Palo Alto Historical Association

Photo submitted by Craig Philpott

BH Photo #187536

Street View 


Through truss on active railroad right of way.


Through truss bridge over San Francisquito Creek on Caltrain
Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, and San Mateo County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1902
- Caltrain (JPBX)
- Commuter Rail
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
Baltimore through truss
Span length: 104.0 ft.
Total length: 104.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.44725, -122.17039   (decimal degrees)
37°26'50" N, 122°10'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/573381/4144811 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Palo Alto
76 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 47042 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Caltrain"
  • March 26, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • March 24, 2012: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added category "Active Railroad"
  • March 13, 2011: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • March 10, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • November 19, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Caltrain - San Francisquito Creek Bridge
Posted May 15, 2017, by Chris (c319chris [at] aol [dot] com)

The tree's official name is "El Palo Alto".

San Francisquito Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted May 3, 2013, by Zachary S

Hey, it's the Palo Alto redwood. One of the most iconic trees in that part of the state; lovely photos of the bridge here as well.

San Fracisquito Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted March 24, 2012, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Thank you for noting the correct city. Also, this bridge crosses the creek bordering both counties, thus the listing in two counties.

San Fracisquito Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted March 23, 2012, by Andrew Sharpe (asharpe [at] andrewsharpe [dot] com)

Well, the creek is called San Francisquito, and the bridge is in Palo Alto, not East Palo Alto, which is a different city, in a different county!