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Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Bridges Era: 1850-1859 DateCreated: 1856 Feather River Oroville State: CA Zip: 95966 Country: USA Website: Creator: Jones and Murray

Soon after gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento in 1848, General John Bidwell found gold near the Middle Fork of the Feather River. His discovery brought hordes of miners to the scene and Bidwell Bar was born. The Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge over the Feather River was one of several suspension bridges built in the region in the 1850s, and is the only one that remains.


Image Credit: Public Domain (National Park Service) Image Caption: The original Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge (1856), crossing over the Feather River Era_date_from: 1856
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