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VT - Crown Point Bridge


A train pulled by Engine #11, The Reno, pauses on the trestle on its way to Carson City for a portrait.

Photo taken ca. 1870s, courtesy of the Library of Congress


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BH Photo #368418



From http://www.virginiaandtruckee.com/?AlongTheRoad=CrownPointTr...


The Crown Point Trestle was a wood trestle built across the Crown Point Ravine (70' x 40'), Crown Point Mine, Union Street, Bennett Street, Crown Point Street and American Flat lower Road. The timber were cut from trees harvested in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 351' long and 85' feet high, grade of 115' per mile, 184,538 board feet of lumber, 19,280 lbs. iron in bolts, pins, nuts, and added cables. Painted dark red. There were lives lost in the construction. From the beginning there were 19 bents in the trestle. During one of the rebuilts, bent no 2 to 5 were doubled making the number of bents 23.


1869 - Surveyed by Isaac E. James.

Early June 1869 - Construction begins. Contractor Thompson. Foreman J. W. Kelsey.

September 30, 1869 - Bridge completed. Public walkway added after completion at track level on east side.

August 1874 - Repainted.

August 1875 - 3 mile per hour restriction ordered by Superintendent H. M. Yerington.

September 1875 - Trestle completely rebuilt at cost $20,000.

early 1877 - Rebuilt during night to avoid train interference.

May 1877 - New public walkway completed approximately 12' below track level on west side. Water barrels installed at track level for fire protection.

August 1879 - Rock gang work on the trestle, cost: $1,153.75.

September 1879 - Rock gang work on the trestle, cost: $564.50. Stabilizing cables added for protection against wind and Washoe Zephyrs.

June-July 1882 - 30,000' timber replaced. Periodically repainted.

1892 - Pedestrian warning signs posted.

May 1899 - Yearly light maintenance.

1913 - Repainted.

1917 - 4" water pipe laid on east side across top of the trestle for fire protection.

November 20, 1933 - Contract for relocation of track.

January 8, 1935 - Relocation amended and paid by Sutro Tunnel Coalition, Inc. Cost: $55,894.03 Trestle abandoned.

July 1936 - Trestle dismantled and wood salvaged by V&T section men.

1941 - Unsuccessful open pit mining through circa 1941 in Crown Point Ravine by the Sutro Tunnel Coalition.

late 1941 - The relocated mainline removed.


Lost Timber stringer bridge over Crown Point Ravine on Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Gold Hill
Gold Hill, Storey County, Nevada
Built 1869, removed in 1936
- Virginia & Truckee Railroad (VT; V&T)
Timber stringer
Total length: 500.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.29147, -119.65905   (decimal degrees)
39°17'29" N, 119°39'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/270679/4352493 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Virginia City
Inventory number
BH 45940 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 22, 2016: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
  • August 20, 2010: Added by Jacob P. Bernard


  • Jacob P. Bernard