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Yellow Bridge


Yellow Bridge

Photo taken by Craig Philpott


BH Photo #200211


Street View 


Pennsylvania Petit through truss bridge with pony truss approach on North end, preserved in place as pedestrian walk way.


Pennsylvania Petit through truss bridge over Cosumnes River on Pedestrian walkway
Rancho Murieta, Sacramento County, California
Open to pedestrians
Built 1908
- Western Bridge & Construction Co. of Omaha, Nebraska
Pin connected Pennsylvania Petit through truss bridge with A-frame portal bracing. Approach span is a riveted Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 227.0 ft.
Total length: 306.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.49224, -121.09131   (decimal degrees)
38°29'32" N, 121°05'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/666459/4262158 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
164 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 45394 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 17, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Painted yellow"
  • June 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • June 26, 2012: Updated by K. A. Erickson: Added category "Western Bridge & Construction Co."
  • June 5, 2011: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the bridge; this bridge is actually a Pennsylvania Petit through truss bridge with a Warren pony truss approach span
  • June 4, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: refined description, added photos
  • May 26, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com


Yellow Bridge
Posted July 4, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was doing research in preparation for creating a page for this bridge on HistoricBridges.org, and I found there is one way to access this private bridge... become a member of the country club. With this knowledge, I calculated that to gain access to this bridge it would cost $1075! Its also worth noting that with a decent zoom on your camera, you can get pretty much every angle except portal views of this bridge from the right-of-way of the adjacent highway. I managed to get a fairly complete set of detail photos for this bridge, considering the situation.

Yellow Bridge
Posted June 26, 2012, by K. A. Erickson

I was reading over the NRHP application for Hospital Bridge and it mentioned that this bridge in Rancho Murieta was constructed by the Western Bridge and Construction Company of Omaha, Nebraska also.

Another "rare example of California bridges constructed by ..." It gives a year of 1908 and identifies such as a Parker truss ...

Yellow Bridge
Posted June 5, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Thanks for the design pointers. This bridge is behind chain link fencing inside a private residence and golf community and access or lack is frustrating. There is a second bridge on the property as well and it is all private access.

Yellow Bridge
Posted June 5, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like they got the YELLOW part right.......

Craig......Nice "drive-by" shooting!

Yellow Bridge
Posted June 5, 2011, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Don't worry, Nathan. I saw that too and changed it to reflect on the bridge type. Photos look really nice, though (Craig).

Yellow Bridge
Posted June 5, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Pratt truss? Looks like a Pennsylvania to me.