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Old Salmon Falls Bridge - 01

Posted by Bill Brown (California, United States) on 11 February 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Old Salmon Falls Bridge is a concrete rigid frame bridge over the South Fork of the American River. It is usually submerged under the Folsom Reservoir but it is currently exposed due to the very low water level. The bridge was built around 1918 to service the old gold mining town of Salmon Falls. It was submerged 1965 when Folsom Dam was constructed. I have not been able find the actual build date for this bridge as there is no marker on the bridge. However, an adjacent pier for a long-gone footbridge was built in 1918. There were other bridges built over this span, as early as the late 1880’s, but were later washed out by floods.

This image photographed on 1/28/2014, before the recent rainfall.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/15 second F/16.0 ISO 100 105 mm

old | bridge | salmon | falls | ca

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B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very nice landscape with interesting history.

11 Feb 2014 5:49am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

It looks amazingly arid Bill! Nicely captured! ;-)

11 Feb 2014 2:31pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wow, love that history lesson. You know at the bottom of Butt Lake (near Lake Almanor) was found an old locomotive car that helped build the area. It was retreived a few years back when the man-made lake needed to be dredged, and "TINY" is now located in the town of Chester, in the park. If you ever pass through, make a note to visit it.

11 Feb 2014 11:24pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is a cool find. It may not be visible for long.

11 Feb 2014 11:35pm