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Pope Street Bridge

Pope Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: April 8, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pope Street Over Napa River
Rural: Napa County, California: United States
Structure Type
Stone Segmental Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1894 By Builder/Contractor: R. H. Pithie of St. Helena, California

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
50 Feet (15.24 Meters)
Structure Length
176.8 Feet (53.89 Meters)
Roadway Width
18.4 Feet (5.61 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
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Among California counties, Napa County stands out for its unusually large collection of beautiful historic stone arch bridges. However, many of them have fairly small spans and are usually two or less spans in total. Most also date to after 1900. As such, this 1894 three span stone arch bridge with a comparatively tall 50 foot span stands out among the collection as one of the most significant. The bridge retains excellent historic integrity with one exception. Layers of asphalt have been applied to the deck. When this was done, no attention was paid to the location of the builder plaque on the bridge. The asphalt today extends to above the bottom of the plaque. Worse, the asphalt was poured right up against the plaque, sealing away an unknown amount of the plaque. One of the most important pieces of information on the plaque was half covered up by this careless and insensitive action, which is the name of the contractor. This whole issue could have at minimum been avoided by simply leaving a small gap between the plaque and the asphalt so at least people could read what the plaque said. This would also avoid the potentially irreversible damage possibly caused by jamming a bunch of hot tar up against the plaque. It is sad to see that something as simple as keeping the asphalt away from the plaque was not a priority for one of the finest stone bridges in Napa County.


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