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The Covered Bridge Redux

Saturday,  November 2nd 2019

Join us for a repeat journey through the back roads of Placer & Nevada Counties.  Hopefully, we will encounter fall colors on the old miner’s trails and maybe the ghosts of old miners and their mules.  Our destination is the historic covered bridge at Bridgeport.  This structure was built in 1862 by David John Wood.  The covered bridge was part of the Virginia Turnpike Company toll road.  It was an important link in the freight hauling route that spread from the San Francisco Bay to Virginia City, Nevada during the Comstock Lode era. It is the longest-span wooden covered bridge in the world.  Through deferred maintenance and weather damage, the bridge was in serious danger of structural failure.  In 2014, Jerry Brown allocated funds to repair and restore the structure.  The process has begun and we will be viewing a work in progress.  After the tour, we will be traveling to Lefty’s in Nevada City for lunch.

We will be meeting at another historic structure, the Loomis Train Depot.  During the Placer County fruit boom, more trains stopped at the tiny station and the fruit sheds than anywhere in United States.  We will meet at 9:00 and be departing the station at 9:30.  You can get coffee and pastries at Taylor’s right in front of the station.  Because of space limitation at the restaurant, the tour is limited to twelve cars.  A sign-up sheet will be passed around at the October meeting.

Important Tour Notes

Prior to our departure, I will be collecting $5.00 per person to make a donation to South Yuba River State Park.  For additional details or register, you can contact me at 916-792-9825 or e-mail at rjveliky@aol.com