California has a broad variety of historic bridges, often influenced by the diverse and somtimes complicated terrain in the state. With a hit or miss commitment to historic bridge preservation, California has been home of some of the greatest examples of preservation in the country, while also choosing to demolish some of the most important bridges in the country. Preserved historic bridges in California are often good examples of how historic bridges can be seismically retrofitted to be safe, reliable crossings during earthquake events. Most of the current HistoricBridges.org coverage is of bridges in northern California, specifically San Francisco, Sacramento, and nearby counties.
Select a location to view a list of bridges. Locations shown in blue have listings.