Historic, unique bridge reopens near Sacramento: “There is no other”

By Rachel Wulff

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BRIDGEPORT, California (KOVR) – After a unique renovation in Nevada County, a piece of the past now connects generations.

Sue Hoek remembered days gone by on the Bridgeport Covered Bridge.

“In 1969, as a kid, it was huge,” said Sue. “My grandma came here and led the cows over the bridge. One hundred and fifty, 200 head of cows. “

“Still, when I stand here, I can hear it,” Sue added. “I hear the bells ring, I hear my grandma jumping up to my cows and screaming, and then they walk across the bridge.”

The 225-foot single-span Howe truss-arch structure is the only one of its kind in the United States.

“It’s the only one, period. There is no other, “said Sue. “That’s the exciting thing about it.”

She talks about the recent $ 6.9 million rehabilitation funded by a community initiative.

“They were the SOBs – they were the Save Our Bridge – and I’m telling you this group got together and did this community rally,” said Sue.

The bridge dates back to the 19th century when gold was discovered.

“This was the way to get back and forth to these little mining communities. From here north of San Juan. French corral, ”said Sue.

The tolls came on time and then time took its toll, resulting in repairs. The county documented the efforts and invited children to attend the celebration.

School children made videos and painted pictures of the bridge and were given the right to walk over the bridge first when it opened.

“What I’m excited about is that other people will make memories here,” said Sue.

It’s like a postcard from the past sent out to inspire future generations.

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