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This is a single suspension bridge from my historical inventory of suspension bridges. Follow the Inventory link for more information about the inventory.
1862 Rattlesnake Bar
Folsom vicinity, California, USA (American River - Rattlesnake Bar)
Bridgemeister ID:1091
References:DSL200106
Principals:Andrew S. Hallidie
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Inundated
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • I believe the location of Rattlesnake Bar is closer to present-day Auburn than Folsom, near the location of Goose Flat marked on modern topographical maps of the region.
  • Inundated during creation of Folsom Lake.
  • Rodi Lee writes: "[The bridge] collapsed in 1954 when an overweight truck filled with manure crossed it. The driver was unhurt. There are newspaper articles about the incident (Auburn Journal, Auburn). There are some photos in the article as well. The bridge abutments show when the the lake water is low. The bridge was upstream of Wild Goose Flats."
Photo courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Photo by Jerry Van Lengen

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