Bardsdale Bridge Spans In Field
When 1928 bridge was replaced, the spans were dragged a mile away to this field.
Photo taken by Karl Sweitzer
BH Photo #142122
Compiled by Karl Sweitzer
The original Bardsdale Bridge was swept away in the St. Francis Dam collapse of 1928. A steel through truss replacement was built and served until 1994. At the time of the replacement, the spans were dragged to an empty lot at the foot of Central Avenue, a mile away. Two of the trusses were subsequently purchased for use at the entrance to the Bridges development. (See photos.)
- Lost Through truss bridge over Santa Clara River on CA 23
- Ventura County, California
- Replaced by new bridge
- Built 1928 to replace bridge swept away in St. Francis Dam disaster; replaced 1994
- Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 1,645.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +34.39167, -118.91500 (decimal degrees)
34°23'30" N, 118°54'54" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 11/323957/3807246 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- 422 ft. above sea level
- Inventory number
- BH 42979 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- March 22, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Preserved"
- April 20, 2010: New photo from Craig Philpott
- July 5, 2009: Essay added by Karl Sweitzer
- Karl Sweitzer - kesc [at] pacbell [dot] net
- Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com