The Stockton Record sent reporter Tim Viall to explore California’s covered bridges for their On the Road blog, and found gold with two exceptional specimens in Nevada County. As the article notes, Bridgeport covered bridge is still under renovation; an exciting development many years in the making.
“We headed north to the quaint Gold Rush town of Nevada City to find two nearby covered bridges. On the way to the first, the Bridgeport covered bridge, we passed by the Nevada County Museum. Even though closed, the museum grounds were covered with old mining machinery and paraphernalia, indicating the huge impact that the Gold Rush had on this part of California. Imagine a cast iron waterwheel, standing 14 feet tall and weighing 26,000 pounds, or a “portable stamp mill,” 12 feet tall and weighing several tons, for crushing granite ore to free up the gold — both available to see, touch and “ooh and ahh” over.
When we arrived at the Bridgeport covered bridge, stretching across the South Yuba River at what was formerly Nye’s Crossing (another early ferry), we found its roof and siding removed, with the exoskeleton undergoing repair by the state of California. This bridge, connecting the two towns of Penn Valley and North San Juan, provided for an active trade route in the Gold Rush boom days. In its current state of exposure, the timber trusses and arch span are impressive, particularly realizing they were built in 1862, early in the Civil War days.”
Read the entire article HERE.