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Salinas River Bridge (Pre 1914)


Published prior to 1923

BH Photo #369142


This bridge was lengthened with trestle work on the east several times in response to undermining of the east riverbank. In 1916 it was said to be nearly a mile long. It seems to have suffered flood damage frequently, such as in 1914 when flooding wrecked the approach trestle built after another recent flood.

Some source link photos show all-steel trusses, but it is unclear whether the original combination truss bridge was completely replaced or whether the spans were replaced little by little due to frequent damage.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Salinas River on US-101
King City, Monterey County, California
Destroyed by flooding
Destroyed by flooding 1914
Combination Pratt through truss with at least 16 spans and additional Kingpost pony truss and timber trestle approaches
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.20344, -121.14116   (decimal degrees)
36°12'12" N, 121°08'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/667110/4008114 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Thompson Canyon
Inventory number
BH 74250 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 8, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "One-lane traffic", "Salinas River", "Pin-connected", "Wooden deck", "Combination truss", "Finials", "Cresting"
  • August 7, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 3, 2016: Added by Dave King

Related Bridges 


Salinas River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2022, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Thanks Paul, good digging.

Salinas River Bridge
Posted August 8, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Geoff, I did some research and added a page for the successor bridge if you want to add the below postcard there: http://bridgehunter.com/ca/monterey/bh99980/

Sounds like this bridge had quite a life. The Salinas River was definitely hard on it.

Salinas River Bridge
Posted August 7, 2022, by Paul Plassman

It appears the truss in the postcard (good find; look at all those spans!!) was built ca.1920 at King City: https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Highway_Engineer_Co...

Not sure yet if it was the immediate successor or if there was another bridge in between.

Salinas River Bridge
Posted August 7, 2022, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

This may be the replacement bridge, no date on postcard.