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Putah Creek Bridge



Collection of the California Department of Transportation.

Submitted by Craig Philpott

BH Photo #182744


Lost Three arch stone bridge submerged intact under the water of Lake Berryessa. Location given is approximate.


Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Putah Creek
Napa County, California
Lost submerged intact
Future prospects
Lost Inundated by impoundment of Lake Berryessa
Built 1896, covered by Lake Berryessa 1957
- Pithie (Builder)
Three arch closed spandrel stone bridge.
Total length: 298.0 ft.
Also called
Monticello Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.55818, -122.21282   (decimal degrees)
38°33'29" N, 122°12'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/568585/4268042 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake Berryessa
Inventory number
BH 46472 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,803)
Arch (12,942)
Built 1896 (311)
Built during 1890s (3,423)
California (2,819)
Closed (2,798)
Closed-spandrel arch (4,365)
Continuous (2,700)
Deck arch (12,153)
Lost 1957 (119)
Lost during 1950s (1,137)
Napa County, California (86)
Owned by federal government (1,304)
Pithie (1)
Preserved (1,254)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,746)

Update Log 

  • September 28, 2011: Photos imported by Luke Harden
  • July 17, 2011: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • July 3, 2011: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • June 9, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: updated status, added photos
  • October 18, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added map info and adjusted approximate location
  • October 11, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott



Putah Creek Bridge
Posted March 13, 2019, by Michelle Miller (michellebot [dot] kbf [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember being very young (1980's) and my grandpa took my sister and I to this bridge. The water was low enough that we walked all the way across. I can't find anything about that time, though. I remember being bored and tired of walking but my grandpa told us how special it was to be able to walk on the bridge because it is usually underwater. I was hoping that maybe someone has some pictures from that time.

Putah Creek Bridge Built in 1896
Posted September 28, 2011, by John Daniels (jdvista [at] comcast [dot] net)

The Putah Creek Stone Bridge was and probably is the most beautiful bridge in Napa County. I hope to have new photos of it soon.

Putah Creek Bridge
Posted October 18, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

I am proud to post the first picture of this lost bridge on Bridgehunter. When built this bridge was reputed to be the longest stone arch bridge in California and quite possibly the largest West of the Rockies.