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East Fork Kaweah River Bridge

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Kaweah River Bridge Mineral King Road Sequoia NP 2 Calif

1923 Bridge carries Mineral King Road over the Keweah River

Photo taken by Mike Buckley in July 2011

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BH Photo #206295

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History 

Written by Mike Buckley

Mineral King, a huge granitic canyon in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, now part of Sequoia National Park, was a mining site starting in about 1870. By 1879 a 25 mile long private toll road was built from the small community of Hammond on the lower reaches of the Kaweah River into Mineral King, but it was not profitable. In 1884 the road was deeded to the County of Tulare, which also did not have funds to improve or even adequately maintain it.

By 1910, however, automobile trips to scenic places in the mountains became increasingly popular, and small resorts sprang up in the Mineral King area. Construction of a new road with a bridge over the Kaweah River began in 1911 and was finished in 1913. The 1913 bridge was a redwood and cedar truss structure spanning 115 feet. It soon showed signs of sagging, and by 1923 the County had to replace the old bridge with the existing concrete arch structure.

The Mineral King area, including the road and 1923 bridge are included in the Mineral King Cultural Landscape on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 as number 2003001063.

More detail can be found at: http://www.mineralking.org/Mineral_King_Road_Cooridor/The_Ne...

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Overview
Open spandrel Concrete arch bridge over East Fork Kaweah River on Mineral King Road
Location
Tulare County, California
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1923
Design
Open Spandrel concrete deck arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 66.9 ft.
Total length: 107.9 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.44946, -118.79295   (decimal degrees)
36°26'58" N, 118°47'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/339319/4035295 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Case Mountain
Average daily traffic (as of 1978)
25
Inventory numbers
CA 46C-196 (California bridge number)
BH 11702 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 68.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 21, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: refined design
  • July 31, 2011: Essay added by Mike Buckley
  • July 17, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: corrected location

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East Fork Kaweah River Bridge
Posted August 16, 2018, by Daniel
East Fork Kaweah River Bridge
Posted February 14, 2010, by Pam Littlejohn (pamlittlejohn [at] aol [dot] com)

Why was this bridge built at this location in 1923?? Who built it. The plaques have been removed from the bridge.