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M Street Bridge (1911)


Pre-Construction Photograph, Looking West-Northwest Along M Street In Sacramento Toward M Street Bridge, Built In 1911 By The Northern Electric Railway, Which Will Be Replaced By Tower Bridge, Mid-1934

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #324119


In 1916 the Sacramento Northern Railroad got a 50-year franchise to build a bridge at "M" Street. It was designed for vehicles and Trains with the railroad in the center and the automobile lanes on the sides. it was obsolete for most of its 25 years of service. It was a busy bridge with 5,161 openings in 1915 and an average of 9 openings a day in 1930. in 1935 it was replaced by the Tower Bridge.

"California Drawbridges" Bernard C. Winn


Lost through truss swing bridge over Sacramento River on M Street
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, and Yolo County, California
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1911, Replaced 1934
- Interurban
- Northern Electric Railway (NER)
- Oakland, Antioch & Eastern Railway (OA&E)
- Sacramento Northern Railway (SN)
Through truss
Length of largest span: 400.0 ft.
Total length: 650.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.58000, -121.50669   (decimal degrees)
38°34'48" N, 121°30'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/630072/4271227 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 62715 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 18, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 4, 2021: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • February 14, 2019: Updated by Leslie R Trick: Fixed Typos in description
  • May 18, 2018: Updated by Leslie R Trick: Added info to description.
  • March 14, 2017: New photo from Brian Smith
  • May 8, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 7, 2015: HAER photos posted by Luke
  • August 29, 2014: Added by Luke

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  • Geoff Hubbs


M Street Bridge
Posted January 24, 2016, by Donald Schmitt (dschmitt911 [at] aol [dot] com)

The description is incorrect for the M Street Bridge. It is for the Tower Bridge which replaced it