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Title
Cross Girders of I Street Bridge
Creator
Eugene Brill
Date Created and/or Issued
1980
Contributing Institution
Sacramento Public Library
Collection
Sacramento Room Photographs
Rights Information
This image may be protected by Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.). Copyright restrictions applying to the reproduction and use of this image are available from the Sacramento Public Library.
Description
This circa 1980 photograph shows the rail-level portion of the crusty, two-level I Street Bridge. Cross girders impede a southwesterly view of both the Sacramento River and the West Sacramento bank of the river. Built in 1911, the metallic truss swing bridge’s weight was so great that the length of the cement foundations that were driven into the riverbed were longer than the tallest office building in Sacramento at the time. What is more, it was thought to be the heaviest bridge in the nation when it was built. Also referred to, for a time, as the Southern Pacific Bridge, it served as a vital link in a double track system that reached from Omaha, Nebraska, to San Francisco. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1982.
Type
Image
Identifier
2429
http://cdm15248.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15248coll1/id/2956
Subject
Bridges
Railroads
Rivers
Sacramento River
Source
Sacramento Room Photograph Collection

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