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Powder Works Bridge, Spanning San Lorenzo River, Keystone Way, Paradise, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, CA



B&W Photos

HB204145
BWPhotos 201916


Item Title
BWPhotos 201916

Location
Paradise, Santa Cruz vicinity, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-313
Building/structure dates: 1872 initial construction
Significance: Powder Works Bridge is the second oldest of twenty-one extant Smith truss covered bridges in the United States. It was built in 1872 for the California Powder Works, the first powder mill on the Pacific Coast, and is one of the last vestiges of the company's extensive manufacturing complex that occupied the site from 1861 to 1914. The bridge is an excellent example of the early work of the Pacific Bridge Company, a nationally significant bridge engineering firm.

Subjects
Transportation Industry
Covered Bridges
Pedestrian Bridges


Related Names
Pacific Bridge Company
Smith, Robert W.
California Powder Works
Gorrill , William Henry
Paradise Park Masonic Club
Smith Bridge Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
EAST PORTAL IN ELEVATION
EAST PORTAL
OBLIQUE VIEW FROM EAST PORTAL INTERIOR
EAST ABUTMENT FROM STREAM BED, NORTHEAST 65 DEGREES
VIEW FROM UPSTREAM, SOUTHWEST BY 220 DEGREES
WEST ABUTMENT, BELOW ROADWAY DETAIL
MID SPAN TRUSS DETAIL; NOTE STENCILED “BUILT BY PACIFIC BRIDGE CO., 1872, SF”
PANEL DETAIL AT EASTERN PORTAL
FRAMING DETAIL, RIGHT PANEL LOOKING WEST
INTERIOR ELEVATION LOOKING TO WEST PORTAL FROM MID SPAN
PERSPECTIVE EAST PORTAL
WEST ELEVATION


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