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Tamarack Creek Bridge


Tamarack Creek Bridge

North face

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in May 2010


BH Photo #164848

Street View 


Tamarack Creek Bridge and nearby spans over Cascade and Wildcat creeks mark a departure from the "Rustic Style" bridges completed over the previous two decades elsewhere in Yosemite. The reinforced concrete open spandrel arch bridges carry the New Big Oak Flat Road over the three creeks as they tumble in steep cascades, and takes full advantage of the scenic potential. The graceful bridges are unobtrusive and harmonize with the surrounding landscape; their stream-lined look also reflects modern bridge design, as structures were planned for higher-speed travel.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Concrete arch bridge over Tamarack Creek on Big Oak Flat Road
Mariposa County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1939
- A.W. Schimberg (Resident Engineer)
- John Rocca (Contractor)
- McDonald and Fealy (Sub-Contractor - Concrete Products)
- Rocca & Caletti of San Francisco, California. (Contractor)
- Soule Steel Co. (Sub-Contractor - Reinforcing Steel Supplier)
Concrete open spandrel deck arch
Length of largest span: 90.9 ft.
Total length: 189.0 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.72781, -119.71434   (decimal degrees)
37°43'40" N, 119°42'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/260787/4179083 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
El Capitan
4348 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory number
BH 11094 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 5, 2013: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • February 1, 2012: HAER photos posted by Michael Goff
  • May 10, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: corrected location added photos


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • HAER CA-84 - Tamarack Creek Bridge, Spanning Tamarack Creek on New Big Oak Flat Road, Yosemite Village, Mariposa County, CA