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This is a list of all 3 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing South Fork American River. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of crossings.
1867 Mosquito Road
Placerville, California, USA (South Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:2323
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • The February 23, 1995 edition of the Mountain Democrat (Placerville, California) has an article about the Mosquito crossing that mentions: "According to the El Dorado County History of 1883 by Paolo Sioli, 'Mosquito is connected to Placerville by a good wagon-road and a suspension bridge across the South Fork of the American River, a trail is running in the direction of Kelsey, the township center... The original bridge was constructed in 1867, and according to Orval Beckett, as quoted in the booklet, Mosquito Memories, 'This original bridge had no banisters on the sides. It was a suspension cable with No. 9 telephone wires strung between the supports. When you drove onto the bridge, it would 'swing and sway' much like we have seen in the movies. When one end went down the other went up, etc. Imagine the thrill!'"
  • Replaced by 1939 Mosquito Road - Placerville, California, USA.
1939 Mosquito Road
Placerville, California, USA (South Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:346
O'Donnell ID:418
Coordinates:N 38.77582 W 120.74854
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
(suspension bridge)
White Hall vicinity, California, USA (South Fork American River)
Bridgemeister ID:2233
Principals:Walter Forbas
Status:Replaced, c. 1984
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • The May 9, 1984 edition of the Mountain Democrat and El Dorado News newspaper (Placerville, California) has a photo of this bridge with caption: "One of the old wooden suspension bridges that span the South Fork of the American River east of Whitehall is being replaced with a new I-beam bridge. The old bridge, built in the 1940s by Walter Forbas, was simply wearng out, according to Joe Rogers, who acquired the property in 1979 along with a partner, Gary Mahloch. The old bridge, built before rebars were available, had been beefed up with Model A frames. The new bridge will be 116 feet long and 12 feet wide and should be completed in about 45 days, said Rogers. The I-bars, two for each side bolted together, will be the base of the bridge. They will be covered with wooden planks and the sides will be of wrought iron."

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