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WSLC - Bourland Trestle

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Photo taken by Cowgirl Jules

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Bourland Creek on West Side Lumber Company Railroad
Location
Tuolumne County, California
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1922; Middle section lost in an earthquake in 1998
Railroad
- West Side Lumber Co. (WSLC)
Design
Timber stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.04223, -119.99964   (decimal degrees)
38°02'32" N, 119°59'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/236761/4214748 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cherry Lake North
Inventory number
BH 60281 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Added category "Collapsed"
  • March 16, 2014: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke

Comments 

WSLC - Bourland Trestle
Posted January 4, 2020, by Dave Fontes (Lineshaft14 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is interesting. I saw the bridge before, and after the center collapsed. My inspection found a large section of a tree broadside to the center bents. This caused the water flow to go around the tree, a erode the bank. This erosion caused a bend foundation to fail, thus causing the center of the bridge to collapses.

WSLC - Bourland Trestle
Posted October 27, 2019, by Ron Parker (n6ovnrpp [at] gmail [dot] com)

“Bourland Bridge”

All of West Side Lumber Company’s trestles were called bridges.

WSLC - Bourland Trestle
Posted September 3, 2015, by sharon giacomazzi (sharong [at] sti [dot] net)

Hi,

FYI, the historic 100-year flood in 1997 did NOT take down the middle section of Bourland Trestle. It was the 1998 earthquake in the Markleeville area that did it in. It's a common mistake that the Big Flood wiped out that section.

Sinerely,

Sharon (Central Sierra historian)