For Bridge Geeks Only!

September 21, 2008 § Leave a comment

Some fun links for those great historic bridges:

1938 Figueroa Street Viaduct over the Los Angeles River (Now part of the Pasadena Freeway) (Public Domain - from Wikimedia Commons)

1938 Figueroa Street Viaduct over the LA River (now the 110 Freeway) (public domain - wikimedia commons)

>LAist post by Lindsay William-Ross post about the historic 1940 Pilgrimage Bridge: It’s not over a river, but the article is excellent, with lots of historical background and context. It’s a great bridge, too.

>Historic Bridges website: This is large database with facts and photos on bridges all over the US. It’s fun to tool around in. It’s not quite comprehensive, and I did spot some errors, though. Like wikis, it looks like it will grow and self-correct over time.

>The Los Angeles Conservancy‘s bridges page: This is the best overview on the very real threats to local historic bridges. It includes PDF downloads of their very good Spanning History booklet.

>Los Angeles City Bridge Gallery: This contains PDFs downloads of the Historic American Engineering Record drawings of L.A. River Bridges done in 2000. This records fifteen historic Los Angeles City bridges that were designated national engineering landmarks, both for their original construction and for innovative seismic retrofit and rehabilitation.

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