Historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge, Penn Valley

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Wood Covered Bridge flyover. Aug. 8, 2017The Bridgeport Covered Bridge is located in Bridgeport, Nevada County, California, southwest of French Corral and north of Lake Wildwood. It is used as a pedestrian crossing over the South Yuba River. The bridge was built in 1862 by David John Wood. Its lumber came from Plum Valley in Sierra County, California. The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1972 and pedestrian traffic in 2011 due to deferred maintenance and "structural problems".On June 20, 2014, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed budget legislation that included $1.3 million for the bridge's restoration. The work is slated to be done in two phases—near-term stabilization followed by restoration. Restoration may not begin until 2018.The Bridgeport Covered Bridge has the longest clear span of any surviving covered bridge in the world.Historic landmarkThe bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and it is also a California Registered Historical Landmark No. 390. There are four plaques at the site.The State Historical Landmark plaque was placed in 1964. The landmark was rededicated in 2014. The inscription on the current plaque reads:"Built in 1862 by David J. Wood with lumber from his mill in Sierra County. The covered bridge was part of the Virginia Turnpike Company toll road that served the northern mines and the Nevada Comstock Lode. The associated ranch and resources for rest and repair provided a necessary lifeline across the Sierra Nevada. Utilizing a unique combination truss and arch construction, Bridgeport Covered Bridge is one of the oldest housed spans in the western United States and the longest single span wooden covered bridge in the world."
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  • Going to see the bridge and cross it is one thing, but within 100 yards in any direction of the bridge itself, is mabny other things to see and do. Get wet in the Yuba river, play or slide on equipmen...  more »
  • Great place to visit, family friendly! Great swimming area. Please note no lifeguards. Pay parking lot $5 Can get really crowded on weekends. Kids love jumping off the rocks! Water is so clear you can...  more »
  • Grew up here as a kid. I have always loved this place, especially in the summertime. It does get packed sometimes, so parking can be scarce. Bring your own food and water. Enjoy.
  • State of California decides summer is a great time to repave parking lot and of course they are busy ticketing en mass those who can't read signs. Bridgeport is a great spot destroyed buy popularity and rural sprawl and of course, the state of California and all their cooperative executive intelligence. Good thing it's a long river.

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