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Bridgeport Covered Bridge 05-29-01


Oblique view

Photo taken by Larry Matthews

BH Photo #101317

Street View 


Longest single span wooden truss bridge in the United States


Covered bridge over South Fork Yuba River on Pleasant Valley Road in South Yuba State Park
Nevada County, California
Rehabilitated and reopened to pedestrian traffic
Built 1862 by the Virginia Turnpike Co.; closed to traffic in 1973
- Daniel Woods
- Virginia Turnpike Co.
Howe through truss with arches.
Length of largest span: 210.0 ft.
Total length: 234.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 14, 1971
Also called
Woods Crossing Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.29274, -121.19491   (decimal degrees)
39°17'34" N, 121°11'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/655665/4350816 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
French Corral
Inventory numbers
WGCB 05-29-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 71000168 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 11220 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 24, 2022: Updated by Will Truax: Removed Burr from the design description in that such is a misnomer.
  • November 2, 2021: Updated by Will Truax: With the rehabilitation complete I updated status and the rehabb altered length
  • October 4, 2021: New video from Will Truax
  • February 15, 2021: New photo from Larry Matthews
  • August 21, 2020: New photo from Larry Matthews
  • December 31, 2018: Updated by Will Truax: Corrected Truss Type.
  • April 12, 2018: Updated by Richard Doody: Added alternate name
  • September 5, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • September 25, 2013: New photos from Larry Matthews
  • March 21, 2010: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • March 16, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added street view
  • February 27, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • July 31, 2009: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • March 19, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • November 23, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • October 16, 2006: Posted photos from Larry Matthews



Bridgeport Covered Bridge
Posted November 22, 2021, by Doug K

Historic, One-Of-A-Kind Bridge Reopens In Nevada County: ‘There Is Not Another One’


Bridgeport Covered Bridge 05-29-01
Posted March 7, 2020, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Likely of interest to some here, multiple makers marks have been found on the varying Rods on the Bridgeport.

With no established Ironworks in Califorinia at this point and war raging in the east and so it's Ironworks necessarily in high demand the choice seems to been to look to distant shores to fill the need.

Photos at 3:05 > https://youtu.be/dKbulEy4EKQ

Bridgeport Covered Bridge 05-29-01
Posted September 10, 2019, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

The needle is threaded! The Bailey Bridge which will serve as shoring to relax Bridgeport's Trusses to allow repair and replacement of compromised sections of timber during the rehab process has been emplaced >


Bridgeport Covered Bridge
Posted October 26, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Still closed, apparently still drawing a crowd anyway:


Bridgeport Covered Bridge
Posted April 28, 2012, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

Though sadly the Portals are gated through this weekends Sesquicentennial celebration, plans for a rehabilitation were announced yesterday - http://t.co/C8kQA78y

A very thorough piece on the bridges history was also recently published - http://t.co/f20LYQV5

As an aside - I'm not sure it is accurate to describe this bridge as a "Howe with auxiliary arches" To my mind auxilliary evokes arches of the lam variety, added to a through truss to increase capcity. These arches are original to the bridges construction. Though these are an applied variant, and not an encased arch, Arches were a feature Howe included in his '46 patent -