I think this bridge is beautiful and dramatic! We were in the RV park below it, which provides the best view of the old wooden construction.
This bridge was built during World War II, when steel was in short supply. They used salvaged wood, and the story is that the steel center truss in the structure was also salvaged, from an older bridge. A great example of "recycling" before it became a buzzword!
Sadly, Caltrans is planning to replace this bridge, due to the steel becoming corroded. In the Flats Cafe below, we saw several sketches of designs for the new bridge, although it may be *years* yet before they replace it. I hope they keep some of the wooden timbers, as this bridge is unique.
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