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Harlan D. Miller Bridge


Harlan D. Miller Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff in November 2010


BH Photo #190092


Harlan D. Miller was the California State Bridge from 1923 until his untimely death in 1926. During his short tenure as state bridge engineer he made radical changes to the way California designed bridges and paved the way for the design of some famous spans of the 1930ís.

The California Division of Highways dedicated the Dog Creek Bridge in honor of Miller while he was ill prior to his death. The bridge was constructed after Millerís death in 1927.

(Information from the HAER Van Druzen Bridge Report)


Open-spandrel arch bridge over Dog Creek on abandoned U.S. 99 Alignment
Shasta County, California
Open to pedestrians
Built in 1927 as part of the Pacific Highway (U.S. 99) abandoned when I-5 was constructed through the area.
- Charles E. Andrew (Bridge Engineer - Construction Phase)
- Harlan D. Miller of Oakland, California (Bridge Engineer - Design Phase)
The Harlan D. Miller Bridge is a 234-foot open spandrel deck arch bridge. The bridge has numerous details found on Harlan D. Miller designed bridges such as, architectural railing, treatment of the spandrel arcades, and pedestrian overlooks.
Length of largest span: 234.0 ft.
Total length: 464.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
Dog Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.93789, -122.41947   (decimal degrees)
40°56'16" N, 122°25'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/548869/4532024 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 36954 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 5, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 9, 2010: New photos from Michael Goff
  • November 13, 2010: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • August 26, 2010: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • August 11, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • August 7, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • July 28, 2008: Added by Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Harlan D. Miller Bridge
Posted October 23, 2014, by Stephen Cutting

I did a photo walk, October 2014, with some comments walking into and across bridge and down the south road a bit but not too far as there was lots of fresh bear scat and I was alone (possibly not a healthy situation). https://www.facebook.com/groups/107192132704024/706834572739...

Harlan D. Miller Bridge
Posted April 26, 2011, by christina (c_porras20 [at] att [dot] net)

I have an awesome pic of this bridge with a train going by at the same time. My family has been going out to this spot since I was little and probably long before that. This bridge fasinates me, I always wanted to hike up to the bridge from a closed road and stand on it. It seems like a waste just sitting there and no one to cross it. I also wonder where the road leads to. So someday when I get the time perhaps after my 3 babies have grown I will beable to discover it.