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Bardsdale Bridge


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)

Update Log 

  • 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

Related Bridges 


  • Karl Sweitzer - kesc [at] pacbell [dot] net
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com


Bardsdale Bridge
Posted August 17, 2021, by Michael Taylor (battlebotguy2 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Well this bridge could probably have a whole documentary on it. From the St. Francis Dam disaster to an interesting reuse to one span being shipped to Honduras this bridge had an interesting life.

Bardsdale Bridge
Posted July 7, 2019, by Kelli Kallenborn (kellikallenborn [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Part of this bridge was sent to Honduras to replace a bridge there destroyed in a flood or mudslide. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1999-jan-29-me-2804-...

Bardsdale Bridge
Posted April 20, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

The photos for this bridge show two spans abandoned in a field, further South from the abandoned trusses pictured, there are at least four additional trusses sitting abandoned.

Bardsdale Bridge
Posted July 6, 2009, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

That is a very interesting method of recycling the old trusses. I do not know exactlly what I think about it good or bad, but at least you can still go see what the structure looked like and its connection details.