8 votes

Yankee Jims Road Bridge


Yankee Jims Bridge

Looking East from West side

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in January 2010


BH Photo #153369



Suspension bridge over North Fork American River on Yankee Jims Road
Placer County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1930
Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 210.0 ft.
Total length: 204.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Colfax-Foresthill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.04000, -120.90278   (decimal degrees)
39°02'24" N, 120°54'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/681508/4323308 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
CA 19C-2 (California bridge number)
BH 11257 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 8.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 16, 2015: New photos from Erik Hoffman
  • October 17, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • June 24, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added alternate name from picture of bridge
  • June 24, 2013: New photos from Mike Lynch
  • June 20, 2012: New photo from Brian Smith
  • January 25, 2010: New photos from Craig Philpott


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Brian Smith - casigns28 [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Mike Lynch - lynch3212 [at] wavecable [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Erik Hoffman - edh4801 [at] gmail [dot] com


Yankee Jims Road Bridge
Posted October 16, 2015, by Erik Hoffman

You see, Nathan, this bridge is in the Auburn SRA, which is technically a state park. So that is why they charge.

Yankee Jims Road Bridge
Posted June 19, 2015, by Erik Hoffman

Open and crossed, June 2015. Bridge is just as described.

Yankee Jims Road Bridge
Posted June 18, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

They charge to park at this bridge?! Who charges? And why? Its in the middle of nowhere!

Yankee Jims Road Bridge
Posted June 18, 2014, by Steve (progame [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Scenic and classic suspension bridge. I did dozens of pirate bungee jumps off here (and a few legal ones with a film permit) back in the day.

It's about 86 feet from the water to the deck, varies with the height of the water.

It's cool to see how it hangs from the cables and you can move it by hand.

Driving over it is fine, I'm just worried that some idiots will try to caravan 3 or more cars over it at the same time.

They charge for parking there now.

Good place to gold mine, or take a raft out after doing the run from Iowa Hill bridge upstream.

Yankee Jims Road Bridge
Posted November 20, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Brian, there are not that many "swing" suspension bridges left in California and this is one of my favorites. I do drive across it and it is an interesting feeling.

Yankee Jims Road Bridge
Posted November 19, 2011, by Brian Nelson (brian4nels [at] gmail [dot] com)

Went panning for gold today 11/19/2011. No luck, not very good at this panning stuff.. Neat bridge though. I don't think I would drive a vehicle over it. I saw a few people cross it with thier vehicles. Mostly small cars and one full size Chevy pickup. Weight limit is 3 tons. One side of the bridge deck is elevated about 2 inches from it's mooring. One person can physically move the bridge back and forth by hand. Scary.

Yankee Jims Road Bridge
Posted March 19, 2010, by BJ Lewis (bjlewisart [at] gmail [dot] com)

My folks used to have a cabin here, one of about a dozen. There was one on each side of the bridge, about 8 below the bridge, and 3 across the footbridge over Shirt Tail Creek, which is where ours was. On a busy 3 day weekend, there'd be cars parked on both sides of this bridge and plenty of day visitors too. We sold the cabin (actually, squatters rights)in '65 in anticipation of having to vacate for the Auburn Dam. I was shocked to revisit and not see a trace of anything.