Mike Lynch

About Me 

Email: lynch3212 [at] wavecable [dot] com

I am a California state park ranger and historian by interest. I have written two books on the history of California State Park Rangers and co-authored several local history books on Auburn area and Placer County in California. I also have two programs that I give to the public on historic bridges in the American River Canyon. Additionally, I am a collector of conservation (i.e. parks, forestry and fish & game) insignia, badges and patches and a collector of porcelain enamel California traffic signs and conservation agency signs from around the country.

Favorite Photos 

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Orland Arch on old 99

Orland Hambright Creek Bridge (Glenn County, California)
The Orland Arch was constructed in 1926. About 1/2 mile north is the Hambright Creek Bridge and Swift Adobe historical monument.

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Soquel Creek bridge Capitola CA 1950's

Stockton Ave Soquel Creek Bridge (Santa Cruz County, California)
1940-50's photo of the Soquel Creek Bridge from a color postcard.

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Colfax Overhead Bridge picture from 1939

Hwy 174 Colfax (Placer County, California)
Close up of Caltrans photo of Colfax Overhead Bridge with Colfax City Limits sign.

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Recent Updates 

Albion River Bridge (Mendocino County, California)
Deck truss bridge over Albion River on CA 1
July 31, 2013: New photo
Larkin Street Bridge (Monterey County, California)
Canticrete deck truss bridge over Hartnell Gulch on Larkin Street
July 21, 2013: Updated by Mike Lynch: historical picture and information on bridge. Also some additional close-up pictures of bridge features.
Larkin Street Bridge (Monterey County, California)
Canticrete deck truss bridge over Hartnell Gulch on Larkin Street
July 21, 2013: New photos
Salinas River Bridge (Monterey County, California)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Salinas River on Gonzales River Road
July 21, 2013: New photos
No-Hands Bridge (Placer County, California)
Closed-spandrel Reinforced concrete arch bridge over North Fork American River
July 17, 2013: Updated by Mike Lynch: added historical info and photos
No-Hands Bridge (Placer County, California)
Closed-spandrel Reinforced concrete arch bridge over North Fork American River
July 17, 2013: New photos
North Fork American River Bridge (Placer County, California)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Fork American River on CA 49
July 17, 2013: New photo
C Avenue Bridge (Placer County, California)
1943 concrete Slab bridge with brick railings over Ophir Canal on C Ave built in WWII as part of the Army Dewitt General Hospital
July 15, 2013: Added
North Fork Bridge (Placer County, California)
Curved deck truss bridge over North Fork of Middle Fork of American River on FDR 96-Mosquito Ridge Road
July 15, 2013: New photos
Newcastle Tunnel (Placer County, California)
Formet Hwy 40 Tunnel under Under hillside and BNSF,Amtrak Railroad on Taylor Rd
July 14, 2013: Updated by Mike Lynch: Provided revision on name and historical information and photos
Folsom Powerhouse Canal Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Bridge over PGE Powerhouse Canal on American River Bike Trail/former Greenback Lane
June 25, 2013: New photos
Iowa Hill bridge (Placer County, California)
Wire suspension bridge over North Fork American River on Foot traffic only
June 24, 2013: Updated by Mike Lynch: added historical and modern pictures, updated history and provided alternate names for bridge
Iowa Hill bridge (Placer County, California)
Wire suspension bridge over North Fork American River on Foot traffic only
June 24, 2013: New photos
Big Dann Creek Bridge (Mendocino County, California)
Concrete arch bridge over Big Dann Creek on CA 271
June 24, 2013: New photo
Douglas Memorial Bridge (Del Norte County, California)
Lost Open-spandrel arch bridge over Klamath River on old US 101
June 24, 2013: New photos
Yankee Jims Road Bridge (Placer County, California)
Suspension bridge over North Fork American River on Yankee Jims Road
June 24, 2013: New photos
Douglas Memorial Bridge (Del Norte County, California)
Lost Open-spandrel arch bridge over Klamath River on old US 101
June 23, 2013: New photo
Hardscrabble Creek Bridge (Del Norte County, California)
Concrete box girder bridge over Hardscrabble Creek on US 199 (Redwood Highway)
June 23, 2013: Updated by Mike Lynch: revised bridge info
Folsom Powerhouse Canal Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Bridge over PGE Powerhouse Canal on American River Bike Trail/former Greenback Lane
June 23, 2013: Added
Hardscrabble Creek Bridge (Del Norte County, California)
Concrete box girder bridge over Hardscrabble Creek on US 199 (Redwood Highway)
June 23, 2013: Added
Fernbridge (Humboldt County, California)
Concrete arch bridge over Eel River on CA 211
June 22, 2013: New photo
UP - Santa Ana River Viaduct (Riverside County, California)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Santa Ana River on Union Pacific Railroad
June 22, 2013: New photos
Donner Pass Road Bridge (Nevada County, California)
Concrete arch bridge over Donner Summit on Donner Pass Road
June 22, 2013: New photos
Ecklon Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over American River in Folsom
June 17, 2013: New photos
California Central - Folsom Railroad Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Lost Deck truss bridge over American River on California Central Railroad in Folsom
June 17, 2013: New photos
Figueroa Street Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Stringer slab bridge over Riley Ravine Creek on Figueroa Street
June 17, 2013: Updated by Mike Lynch: added plaque wording information
Figueroa Street Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Stringer slab bridge over Riley Ravine Creek on Figueroa Street
June 17, 2013: Added
Orangevale Avenue Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Concrete open spandral arch bridge over Gold Creek on Orangevale Avenue in Folsom
June 16, 2013: Updated by Mike Lynch: Added information on bridge use and engineer Drury W. Butler, Sacramento County Survey (Engineer) overseeing the bridge construction.
Orangevale Avenue Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Concrete open spandral arch bridge over Gold Creek on Orangevale Avenue in Folsom
June 16, 2013: New photo
Bridge Street Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Pratt Pony truss bridge over Arroyo Grande Creek on Bridge Street in Arroyo Grande
June 12, 2013: New photos
Fernley & Lassen - Willows Creek/Gulch Bridge (Washoe County, Nevada)
Bridge over Willow Creek on formerly the Fernley Lassen Railroad used until 1956
June 8, 2013: Added
SP - Truckee River Bridge (Abandoned) (Washoe County, Nevada)
Through truss bridge over Truckee River on Union Pacific Railroad
June 8, 2013: New photo
SP - Truckee River Bridge (Abandoned) (Washoe County, Nevada)
Through truss bridge over Truckee River on Union Pacific Railroad
June 7, 2013: Added
UP - US 95 Overpass (Lyon County, Nevada)
Concrete deck girder bridge over West Main Street which is Hwys.US 40 & 95 and Nev. 427 on Union Pacific Railroad
June 4, 2013: Added
Virginia Street Bridge (Washoe County, Nevada)
Lost Two-span concrete arch bridge over Truckee River on Virginia Street in Reno
June 3, 2013: New photos
Goodrich Creek Bridge - Hwy 36 (Lassen County, California)
Concrete culvert bridge over Goodrich Creek on State Hwy 36, Lassen County
May 30, 2013: Added
Devil's Corral Highway Bridge (Lassen County, California)
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Susan River on "Formerly Lassen Volcanic Highway" & Hwy 36 until replaced by a downstream bridge and reallignment of Hwy 36 in 1965.
May 30, 2013: Updated by Mike Lynch: Added category "Curved"
Devil's Corral Highway Bridge (Lassen County, California)
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Susan River on "Formerly Lassen Volcanic Highway" & Hwy 36 until replaced by a downstream bridge and reallignment of Hwy 36 in 1965.
May 30, 2013: Added
Ash Creek Bridge (Siskiyou County, California)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Klamath River on Klamath River Road
May 26, 2013: New photo
Big Chico Creek Bridge - State Hwy 32 (Butte County, California)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Big Chico Creek on Nord Avenue - Highway 32
May 20, 2013: Added
Orland Hambright Creek Bridge (Glenn County, California)
Concrete deck girder bridge over Hambright Creek on Former US 99 West
May 20, 2013: New photos
Orland Hambright Creek Bridge (Glenn County, California)
Concrete deck girder bridge over Hambright Creek on Former US 99 West
May 19, 2013: Added
Orland Hambright Creek Bridge (Glenn County, California)
Bridge
May 19, 2013: Added
Gianella Bridge (Butte County, California)
Lost swing bridge over Sacramento River on State Route 32
May 19, 2013: New photos
Douglas Memorial Bridge (Del Norte County, California)
Lost Open-spandrel arch bridge over Klamath River on old US 101
July 6, 2012: New photos
Stockton Ave Soquel Creek Bridge (Santa Cruz County, California)
Beam bridge over Soquel Creek on Stockton Avenue
July 6, 2012: New photo
Hwy 174 Colfax (Placer County, California)
Deck plate girder bridge over Union Pacific RR, & Amtrak on State Route 174
August 14, 2011: New photos
Middle Bar Bridge (Calaveras County, California)
Pratt through truss bridge over Mokelumne River on Middle Bar Road
August 14, 2011: New photo
Auburn-Foresthill Bridge (Placer County, California)
Deck truss bridge over North Fork American River on Auburn-Foresthill Road in North Auburn
June 14, 2011: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted May 30, 2013

Mike G.

Thanks for the comments and links to the Engineer and Contractor. There are very few historic highway bridges in Lassen County and I was happy to find this one and some historical information too, while on vacation in the area. Mike Lynch