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Table Mountain Covered Bridge (1872)


Table Mountain Covered bridge

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120' of the north end of this bridge was washed out by a flood on February 4, 1881. It appears the damaged parts were replaced in stages, first by uncovered Howe trusses and then by Parker trusses. The middle span of that bridge collapsed in September of 1904. Unknown condition from then until when a more major flood destroyed the entire bridge on March 18, 1907.

Pacific Rural Express, 6 May, 1871: "The Oroville Bridge. Butte county has just completed a contract with the Pacific Bridge Company, of Oakland to put a bridge over Feather river at Oroville. It consists of two main spans, one of 178 feet and the other of two hundred and twenty-eight feet. This last will probably be the longest span yet built on the coast. It is to be constructed throughout on the Smith Patent Truss Plan, which we illustrated and described in full in a previous number of the Press, and which is rapidly coining into favor. The truss is twenty-one feet high and twenty-two feet wide, with double roadways. The piers are constructed of cast iron. on Smith's improved plan. Cylinders, 4 feet 6 inches in diameter, are sunk to bed rock and tilled with concrete. These are braced, so that the two forming a pier act perfectly together. For rapid currents this plan of pier will undoubtedly become very popular, and it is quite as durable in most places as stone. The whole superstructure is placed over forty feet above low water, and is covered and painted. The contract price is $18,000. "Wo congratulate Oroville and Butte county generally on this much needed and valuable improvement. We can also congratulate the coast on the introduction of this new manufacture. The bridge contains very many excellent advantages to which we have before alluded, and the managers of the company evince the most praiseworthy spirit in the manner in which they are going to work. We predict that they will meet with the success which they deserve."


Lost Through truss bridge over Feather River on Bridge St
Oroville, Butte County, California
Destroyed by flooding in 1907 and replaced
Built 1870-1872; Sections replaced 1881 and 1904. Totally destroyed by flood in 1907
- Pacific Bridge Co., of Oakland
Two covered through truss spans, 218' and 180'
Boxed pony truss approaches
Length of largest span: 218.0 ft.
Total length: 660.0 ft.
Also called
Oroville Bridge
Bridge Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.51757, -121.54991   (decimal degrees)
39°31'03" N, 121°32'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/624648/4375218 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 100455 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 19, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added history note in description
  • September 19, 2022: New photo from Doug K
  • September 10, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added span lengths and some history notes in description
  • September 8, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs

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Table Mountain Covered Bridge (1872)
Posted September 19, 2022, by Doug K

I grew up in this area so I know a good bit, but some of this is all new to me... and I'm no bridge engineer.

Table Mountain Covered Bridge
Posted September 19, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Doug, great additions! This bridge site has proven tricky to research so it's great to have more images!