8 votes

Yankee Jims Bridge


Yankee Jims Bridge

Looking East from West side

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in January 2010


BH Photo #153369


Street View 


Suspension bridge over North Fork American River on Yankee Jims Road
Placer County, California
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Placer County is moving forward with replacement proceedings: http://www.foresthillmessenger.com/news/regional/placer-coun...

Unclear if the old bridge will be demolished or preserved in place for pedestrians like the Iowa Hill bridge upstream.

Built 1930 to replace a collapsed deck truss bridge
Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 204.1 ft.
Total length: 210.0 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 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 26, 2020: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs
  • April 2, 2019: Updated by Erik Hoffman: To be replaced
  • 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

Related Bridges 

  • Iowa Hill bridge (Same design) - Iowa Hill and Yankee Jims appear to be very similar designs, about 4 miles apart, built 2 years apart, over the same river
  • Old Yankee Jims Bridge (Predecessor)


  • 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 - norcalroadswebsite [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Yankee Jims Bridge
Posted June 24, 2019, by Daniel



sounds like they're moving forward on replacement, for $23M. They say they'll leave it in place, though. My understanding is that it's difficult to do that today, but we'll see.

Yankee Jims Bridge
Posted April 3, 2019, by Daniel

They refer to fire trucks... I don't think a fire truck could make it up that road as is anyway.

I was on it a few weeks ago, on a motorcycle. When there was an oncoming pickup (not even a dually), we had to direct him to within 6" of the dropoff (very steep) and then we rode in the ditch on the uphill side to get around him.

I hope it's left in place, as Iowa Hill was.

Yankee Jims Road Bridge
Posted April 2, 2019, by Erik Hoffman (edh4801 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Yankee Jims Road Bridge
Posted August 27, 2018, by Daniel

Regarding the ADT of 549, I know that's from NBI but that's WAY more than I'd expect. I saw a total of 1 other vehicle on the dirt section that extends ~3.5mi East of the bridge. It's VERY narrow in places due to slides. I doubt it sees much traffic, given the condition.

West of the bridge I saw a few vehicles, but I doubt many (if any) were going past the bridge - they were most likely going to the bridge to hang out on the river, and the parking is mostly on the West side.

If they did their traffic survey at one of the ends of Yankee Jims Road I could see the ADT claim being reasonable (still higher than I'd expect though), but across the bridge? Not really.

Yankee Jims Road Bridge
Posted August 26, 2018, by Daniel

I rode over it today (motorcycle), took a few pictures but nothing has changed. While there were signs indicating it was a fee area, if you just want to check out the bridge I can't imagine it being a problem.

There were several cars parked there, and people hanging out down by the river, I suspect if you want to do that it's a good idea to pay.

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.