The longest single-span covered bridge still in existence in the United States is nearby on the South Yuba River. And it's turning 150 years old.
You can help celebrate this historic birthday at Sunday's festivities. It's a family-friendly event where visitors will be treated to music, games, wagon rides, tours of the vintage barn and gas station and historical reenactments.
The iconic Bridgeport Bridge was built at the height of 19th century mining activity by turnpike patriarch David Ingerfield Wood. A remarkable feat of engineering, the 243-long structure rests on two huge Douglas fir pieces secured in massive granite abutments at either end. The bridge's history and design, plus profiles of its founders are covered in an extensive article and timeline posted on the Grass Valley Union's web site.
What: Birthday Celebration for the Bridgeport Covered Bridge and Barn
Where: South Yuba River State Park (directions and map)
When: April 29, 11 to 4 p.m.
For more info: 530-432-2546 or website
PHOTO CREDIT: The historic wooden bridge, built in 1862 to span the south fork of the Yuba River, is located at South Yuba River State Park. 2001 Sacramento Bee photograph by Chris Crewell