It was made by Phoenix Bridge Company in 1888 for the crossing of Gienega Creek south of San Jose, California, on the Southern Pacific Company Coast Line. The compression members are segmented wrought iron sections riveted together to form tubes. These sections are similar to the iron framework of the Washington Monument and the columns used to support the first elevated railways in New York City.
When the Southern Pacific Company abandoned the Mill City branch, they gave the bridge to the city. It is now decked over for a footpath.
I FISHED & PLAYED UNDER THAT BRIDGE WHEN I WAS ABOUT 10 YRS OLD .1960
What a great set of pictures. I love these old Phoenix columns. Maybe these are more common back in the mid west but out here on the West Coast, not so many still stand.
Here are three examples in Northern California, all of which have been relocated at one time in their service. It seems to me, that two of the bridges below may have been in the same original span, I would love to know where and when.