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Briceburg Suspension Bridge


Bull Creek Road

Looking SE across Merced River.

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in May 2010


BH Photo #164683


Street View 


Wire suspension bridge over Merced River on Bull Creek Road
Mariposa County, California
Open to traffic
Wire cable suspension bridge with wood road deck.
Length of largest span: 157.0 ft.
Total length: 163.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Also called
Bull Creek Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.60450, -119.96764   (decimal degrees)
37°36'16" N, 119°58'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/238025/4166077 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Feliciana Mountain
1160 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory number
BH 45203 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2020: New photo from Doug Klingerman
  • April 20, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 12, 2020: New photo from Nick Boppel
  • April 4, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: Merged NBI
  • April 2, 2019: New photo from Daniel
  • October 24, 2017: Updated by Matthew: More common name
  • May 9, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Daniel
  • Nathan Holth
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Doug K


Briceburg Suspension Bridge
Posted June 22, 2019, by Daniel

I stopped by today. The woman running it has been there for close to 20 years. She thought that the bridge had been built in 1924 but when shown the picture (and after I pointed out the differences) agreed it wasn't the same bridge.

Briceburg Suspension Bridge
Posted April 9, 2019, by Daniel

https://www.roadsbridges.com/bridges-1999 has some info on damage that occurred due to flooding in 1999

Various internet sources state that the Yosemite region had significant flooding in 1937. I think the most likely scenario is that the bridge I posted below was destroyed in the 1937 floods and replaced by the existing bridge. This flood was in December 1937, so that would likely put the existing bridge in 1938 (or later).


An initial survey of the damage included the loss of the Cascade Bridge, several miles of damaged roads, re-channeling of the river alongside the power house, extensive damage to the power lines that crisscrossed the Valley floor, the complete lost of the intake dam along the South Fork of the Merced River, loss of the Illilouette dam and its intake, submersion of nine sewage pumps stations, severe damage to the Arch Rock Checking Station buildings, damage to seven Valley residences, and the complete loss of twelve CCC buildings. Other damage included the loss of seventeen footbridges, including the Lower Yosemite Falls Footbridge, Tenaya Creek Bridge, three Lost Arrow Trail bridges, and the obliteration of most of the campgrounds scattered about the Valley.

Briceburg Suspension Bridge
Posted April 4, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Daniel: Very interesting. I agree with your theory it looks like the bridge you found a photo of below built in 1924 was completely replaced by the bridge seen today.

Briceburg Suspension Bridge
Posted April 4, 2019, by Daniel

https://books.google.com/books?id=IV84AQAAMAAJ&pg=RA3-PA92&l... states 1924, and is from that era, but there are significant differences: the railing could have been removed at some point, but the towers appear different as well, with the legs splayed more in the 1924 photo, and I don't see the girders that're in newer photos. It's possible that it was damaged in the mid 30s and the current bridge erected in it's place in 1937.

Briceburg Suspension Bridge
Posted April 4, 2019, by Daniel

I have no knowledge of the date beyond the sources I linked.

http://memorableplaces.com/yvrr/Map.Base.DIR/AROUND.BRICEBUR... states:

This section was completed in January, 1924. A suspension bridge was constructed to transport supplies for highway work from the railway station, which replaced the old narrow foot bridge.

I'm attaching a photo from there as well.

Briceburg Suspension Bridge
Posted April 4, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

National Bridge Inventory gives 1936 construction date, reconstructed 1999. Not sure if thats accurate, someone here is saying 1926.

Briceburg Suspension Bridge
Posted April 2, 2019, by Daniel

http://www.yosemitevalleyrr.com/prototype/tracing implies that the bridge was in place by 1926 (when the store was moved across the river). It also has a photo which i'm attaching.

https://www.blm.gov/visit/briceburg-put-in states that the bridge was installed in 1926, so I'm adding that as a date.

Bull Creek Road Bridge
Posted October 30, 2015, by Daniel

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/september/bri... it appears that BLM calls this bridge the Briceburg Suspension Bridge. Not sure if that's worth changing the name here.

Bull Creek Road Bridge
Posted January 29, 2011, by Brad Smith (bwana39 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

One more.

Bull Creek Road Bridge
Posted July 19, 2010, by Brad Smith (bwana39 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

From our trip in October 2009