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North Fork of Middle Fork Tule River Bridge


Oblique View Of Downstream Side Of Bridge, Looking Northeast. [65mm Lens]

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #224264



The Tule River Hydroelectric Complex is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of local history: the development of hydroelectric power which made possible the successful expansion of irrigated agriculture in the southern San Joaquin Valley, and in Tulare County, in particular. It is associated with the lives of persons significant in our past: A.G. Wishon was directly and indirectly associated with the three power companies involved, through his founding efforts with Mt. Whitney Power Company and his later retributive efforts against that company, through his development of San Joaquin Light and Power Company, and through his attempted use of ties to Tulare County Power Company against Mt. Whitney Power Company. The plants and their attendant structures and facilities are all typical of construction methods of the first decade of the 20th century. The Tule River Hydroelectric Complex was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places on January 22, 1982, under Criteria A, B, and C.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost Pratt deck truss bridge over North Fork of Middle Fork Tule River on State Route 190
Tulare County, California
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1912-13, Replaced 1988
- Albert G. Wishon (Project Manager - San Joaquin Power Company)
Pratt deck truss
Total length: 66.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.16297, -118.70747   (decimal degrees)
36°09'47" N, 118°42'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/346420/4003374 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Camp Wishon
Inventory number
BH 51155 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Albert G. Wishon (1)
Beam (14,943)
Built 1913 (842)
Built during 1910s (9,452)
California (2,346)
Deck truss (1,659)
HAER documented (1,105)
Lost (23,397)
Lost 1988 (164)
Lost during 1980s (1,293)
One-lane traffic (7,547)
Owned by state (15,504)
Pratt deck truss (343)
Pratt truss (9,017)
Replaced by new bridge (15,620)
Riveted (2,139)
Timber stringer (3,858)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,087)
Truss (31,936)
Tulare County, California (16)

Update Log 

  • February 1, 2012: Added by Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER CA-48-A - Tule River Hydroelectric Complex, Tule River Bridge, Spanning North Fork of Middle Fork of Tule River, Springville, Tulare County, CA