Erik Hoffman

About Me 

Email: edh4801 [at] gmail [dot] com
Website: http://www.goldcountrybackroads.weebly.com

Hello. My name is Erik Hoffman. I live in California and am a bridge designer, bridge historian, bridge enthusiast, and bridge advocate. I am the kind of person who loves old bridges and cusses a lot at the people who replace them. On Bridgehunter I focus on the hidden backroad-bridges, the kind that are tucked away down little roads. I have a website about backroads and bridges in Gold Country. I have always liked physics. As a kid I could be found dismantling clocks or opening the toilet tank to screw around with the apparatus in there. When I discovered bridges and bridge physics when I was 12, I fell in love with it. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Recent Updates 

Horton-Nixon Chapel Road Bridge (Marshall County, Alabama)
Bridge over branch of Slab Creek on Horton-Nixon Chapel Road
July 15, 2016: New Street View added
Jellys Ferry Road Bridge (Tehama County, California)
5 span Parker through truss bridge over Sacramento River on Jellys Ferry Road
July 15, 2016: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Bridge closed, partially collapsed due to fatal collision. To be replaced.
Varney Ditch Route A Bridge (Dunklin County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over Varney Ditch on Route A
July 11, 2016: New Street View added
Siuslaw Kingpost Bridge (Lane County, Oregon)
Kingpost pony truss bridge over North Fork Siuslaw River on Driveway
July 10, 2016: New Street View added
Siuslaw Kingpost Bridge (Lane County, Oregon)
Kingpost pony truss bridge over North Fork Siuslaw River on Driveway
July 10, 2016: Added
D Street Bridge (Sonoma County, California)
Bascule bridge over Petaluma River on D Street in Petaluma
June 11, 2016: New photos
O'Donnell Lane Bridge (Sonoma County, California)
Stone arch bridge over Calabazas Creek on O'Donnell Lane in Glen Ellen
June 11, 2016: New photos
Dry Creek Bridge (Napa County, California)
Concrete stringer bridge over Dry Creek on Dry Creek Road
June 11, 2016: New photos
Dry Creek Bridge (Napa County, California)
Concrete stringer bridge over Dry Creek on Dry Creek Road
June 10, 2016: Added
Oak Knoll Ave (Napa County, California)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Napa River on Oak Knoll Avenue
June 10, 2016: New photos
UP - Old State Highway Overpass (Placer County, California)
Concrete arch tunnel under railroad tracks on Old State Highway
June 10, 2016: New photo
Gold Hill Road Bridge (Placer County, California)
Concrete arch bridge over Auburn Ravine on Gold Hill Road
June 10, 2016: New photos
Gladdings Road Bridge (Placer County, California)
Subdivided Warren Pony truss bridge over Doty Creek on Gladdings Road
June 10, 2016: New photos
Old McCourtney Road Bridge (Placer County, California)
Warren pony truss bridge over Coon Creek on Old McCourtney Road
June 10, 2016: New photos
Old McCourtney Road Bridge (Placer County, California)
Pony truss bridge over Coon Creek on McCourtney Road
June 10, 2016: New photos
Blackford Road Bridge (Yuba County, California)
Through truss bridge over Bear River-Camp Far West Lake Spillway on Blackford Road
June 10, 2016: New photos
Small Concrete Spenceville Road Pedestrian Bridge (Nevada County, California)
Concrete stringer bridge over Little Dry Creek on Spenceville Road
June 10, 2016: Added
Small Concrete Spenceville Road Bridge (Yuba County, California)
Concrete stringer bridge over Tributary of Dry Creek on Spenceville Road
June 10, 2016: Added
Small Wooden Spenceville Road Bridge (Nevada County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over Tributary of Dry Creek on Spenceville Road
June 10, 2016: Added
Old Spenceville Bridge (Nevada County, California)
Lost Bridge over Dry Creek on Spenceville Road
June 10, 2016: Added
Spenceville Bridge (Placer County, California)
Concrete open-spandrel deck arch bridge over Dry Creek on Spenceville Road
June 10, 2016: New photos
Waldo Road Bridge (Yuba County, California)
Through truss bridge over Dry Creek on Waldo Road in Spenceville Wildlife Area
June 10, 2016: New photos
Timbuctoo Road Bridge 2 (Yuba County, California)
Pratt Pony truss bridge over Deep Ravine No. 2 on Timbuctoo Road
June 10, 2016: New photos
Spenceville Bridge (Placer County, California)
Concrete open-spandrel deck arch bridge over Dry Creek on Spenceville Road
June 9, 2016: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Bridge is open to foot traffic as part of trail.
Cooperstown Road Bridge (Stanislaus County, California)
Pony truss bridge over Gallup Creek on Cooperstown Road
May 21, 2016: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Bridge is open
Old Singletree Road Bridge (Sheridan County, Montana)
Pony truss bridge over Big Muddy Creek on Old Singletree Road
May 17, 2016: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Open on private ranch
Ord Ranch Bridge (Butte County, California)
Slab bridge over Thermalito Afterbay Channel on Ord Ranch Road
May 8, 2016: New Street View added
Ord Ranch Bridge (Butte County, California)
Slab bridge over Thermalito Afterbay Channel on Ord Ranch Road
May 8, 2016: Added
Coon Creek Bridge (Sutter County, California)
Steel stringer bridge over Coon Creek on Coon Road
May 8, 2016: New Street View added
Coon Creek Bridge (Sutter County, California)
Steel stringer bridge over Coon Creek on Coon Road
May 8, 2016: Added
Dead Horse Island Road Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over North Mokelumne River on Dead Horse Island Road
May 8, 2016: Added
China Hill Road Ford (El Dorado County, California)
Ford through Slate Creek on China Hill Road
May 8, 2016: Added
Consumnes Drive Bridge (Amador County, California)
Stringer bridge over Big Indian Creek on Consumnes Drive
May 8, 2016: Added
Morales Ranch Road Bridge (El Dorado County, California)
Lost Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Consumnes River on Abandoned section of Morales Ranch Road
May 8, 2016: Added
Consumnes Bridge (Amador County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over Consumnes River on Consumnes Bridge Road
May 8, 2016: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Added category "Low Water Crossing"
Consumnes Bridge (Amador County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over Consumnes River on Consumnes Bridge Road
May 8, 2016: Added
Hubbard Road Bridge (Calaveras County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over O'Neil Creek on Hubbard Road
May 8, 2016: New Street View added
Hubbard Road Bridge (Calaveras County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over O'Neil Creek on Hubbard Road
May 8, 2016: Added
Armstrong Road Bridge (Calaveras County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over O'Neil Creek on Armstrong Road
May 8, 2016: New Street View added
Old Woodruff Lane Bridge (Yuba County, California)
Abandoned concrete deck girder bridge over Jack Slough on Abandoned section of Woodruff Lane
May 8, 2016: New Street View added
Old Woodruff Lane Bridge (Yuba County, California)
Abandoned concrete deck girder bridge over Jack Slough on Abandoned section of Woodruff Lane
May 8, 2016: Added
Maddock Road Bridge (Sutter County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over East Canal on Maddock Road
May 8, 2016: Added
Kirkville Road Bridge (Sutter County, California)
Concrete stringer bridge over Sutter Bypass East Channel on Kirkville Road
May 8, 2016: New Street View added
Kirkville Road Bridge (Sutter County, California)
Concrete stringer bridge over Sutter Bypass East Channel on Kirkville Road
May 8, 2016: Added
Powerline Road Bridge (Sutter County, California)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Coon Creek on Powerline Road
May 7, 2016: New Street View added
Powerline Road Bridge (Sutter County, California)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Coon Creek on Powerline Road
May 7, 2016: Added
Ponderosa Way Bridge #2 (Calaveras County, California)
Deck truss bridge over North Fork Calaveras River on Ponderosa Way
May 3, 2016: New photo
Upper Lane Bridge (El Dorado County, California)
Deck girder bridge over Tennessee Creek on Upper Lane
May 1, 2016: New Street View added
Upper Lane Bridge (El Dorado County, California)
Deck girder bridge over Tennessee Creek on Upper Lane
May 1, 2016: Added
Joyce Way Bridge (El Dorado County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over Tennessee Creek on Joyce Way
May 1, 2016: New Street View added

Recent Comments 

Posted January 30, 2016

Already posted under "Lotus Bridge".

Posted January 30, 2016

Well, It's gone now.

Posted January 29, 2016

Already posted under "South Avenue Bridge".

Posted January 26, 2016

Thanks for the update, Brendan.

Posted December 12, 2015

Unfortunately, it has.

Posted November 22, 2015

Most beautiful bridge I have seen in a long while.

Posted November 22, 2015

Even with the new Pressonville Rd bridge, this bridge still sees 26 cars a day.

Posted November 21, 2015

Indeed.

Posted November 20, 2015

Has anyone else noticed how this thing slumps to the right? Is the sway bracing damaged?

Posted October 16, 2015

You see, Nathan, this bridge is in the Auburn SRA, which is technically a state park. So that is why they charge.

Posted October 8, 2015

It's just the camera angle. I enlarged it and found that the deck was deliberately built on a downhill slant. However, the camera perspective creates a optical illusion that makes the corners appear to sag.

Kemna Bridge (Missouri)
Posted October 6, 2015

Damn them if they replace this. They should have a little money left over from all those shitty overpass remodels to repair a precious gem of architecture and history.

Posted September 22, 2015

This bridge may have been destroyed by Butte Fire! Info needed!

Posted September 15, 2015

These old wood-decked Pratts have a special appeal for me. Also I agree that this bridge is older than 1930.

Posted August 15, 2015

Damn you, concrete eyesore bridges!