This is an extremely rare bridge that appears to be an example of a concrete curved chord through girder bridge. A number of states built a number of "straight chord" concrete through girders in the first few decades of
the 20th Century. However, only a few states ever built these girder bridges with a curved chord design. Only Michigan and Ohio built significant numbers of these bridges types (these states adopted a standard plan for this bridge type),
while other states like California only have a couple examples that do not appear to conform to a standard plan. The other two California bridges are quite different in appearance
from this bridge.
As a curved chord through girder bridge, this bridge is noteworthy as an extremely early example with its construction date of 1915. This predates examples in most if not all other states, including Michigan which is
generally considered to be where the most innovation occurred with this bridge type. The Grove Way Bridge has a span length of 60 feet. 60 feet is about as large as most states ever built concrete girder bridges, except for Michigan which
constructed curved chord through girder bridges with up to 90 foot span lengths.
The Grove Way Bridge retains excellent historic integrity with no major alterations.
Information About Thomas B. Russell
Thomas Bartlett Russell has contributed in various ways to the development of Hayward and Alameda county, where he has important agricultural interests and also has been active in contracting and building for
some time. He was born December 11, 1861, on a tract of the old Soto ranch near Hayward and is a son of Joel Russell, who settled there at an early day in the history of this county and of whom extended mention is made in another
part of this work.
Thomas B. Russell attended the public schools of Hayward and subsequently entered the University of California, from which he graduated in 1885 in mining engineering. He then took up the profession of
railroad engineering and followed this line of work in various states for three or four years, returning at the end of that time to Hayward, where he engaged in farming. He has since remained active in that occupation. In 1895 Mr.
Russell also took up contracting and has erected several buildings which have added considerably to the beautification of Hayward. Among those structures is the new high school, a handsome concrete structure which was completed in
1914. Mr. Russell has reached out in other fields of endeavor and was one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Hayward, becoming its first president.
On the 4th of February, 1891, Mr. Russell married at Hayward,
Miss Lelia Smalley, a daughter of David S. Smalley, a pioneer of Alameda county, and to this union were born four children: Maude M., attending the University of California; Thomas B., and Lloyd S., high school students; and Lelia
Although Mr. Russell is not active in politics, he has ever loyally discharged his citizen's duties. He is a progressive and leans toward the prohibition party, interesting himself much in the betterment of humanity
and giving his support to all movements which are undertaken in order to change conditions to the better. For many years he has been a notary public and is at present secretary of the board of library trustees, realizing the
valuable influence which an institution of this kind has upon the education of the masses. He has also served for years as a member of the school board. Fraternally he is a member of Eucalyptus Lodge, A. F. & A. M., having belonged
to this organization for thirty years and having held the office of worshipful master. He also belongs to Eden Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West.
Source: Past and Present of Alameda County, California, Volume 2, 1914.
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