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Title
Plan to make Colorado Street Bridge 'Suicide Proof
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Title supplied by cataloger.
The Colorado Street Bridge was designed and built in 1913 by the Kansas City (MO)-based firm of J.A.L. Waddell. With a span of 1,486 feet and known for its distinctive Beaux Arts arches, lights, and railings, the bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 1989, after the Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern California, the bridge was declared a seismic hazard and closed to traffic. It was reopened in 1993 after a substantial retrofit.
With most of steel work set in place, the suicide-proof fencing of the Colorado street bridge is shown as it appears today. The barricade is seven feet high with three strands of barbed wire along the top. Ninety persons jumped to their deaths from the beautiful Pasadena span before steps were taken to safeguard the bridge. Photograph dated August 18, 1937.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;19 x 25 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00099439
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 45
CARL0005109585
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/30251
Subject
Men--California--Pasadena
Fences--California--Pasadena
Suicide--California--Pasadena--Prevention
Arch bridges--California--Pasadena
Bridges--California--Pasadena
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks
Colorado Street Bridge (Pasadena, Calif.)
Arroyo Seco (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Pasadena (Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Waddell, J. A. L.(John Alexander Low),1854-1938

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