Gianella Bridge

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Gianella Bridge
Gianella Bridge, Spanning Sacramento River at State Highway 32, Hamilton City vicinity (Glenn County, California).jpg
Gianella Bridge is located in California
Gianella Bridge
Gianella Bridge is located in the United States
Gianella Bridge
LocationCA 32, Hamilton City, California
Coordinates39°45′4″N 121°59′46″W / 39.75111°N 121.99611°W / 39.75111; -121.99611Coordinates: 39°45′4″N 121°59′46″W / 39.75111°N 121.99611°W / 39.75111; -121.99611
Arealess than one acre (0.4 ha)
Built byCotton Brothers & Co., Contractors; Leonard, John B.
NRHP reference No.82004614[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 8, 1982

The Gianella Bridge was a swing bridge that brought CA 32 across the Sacramento River at Hamilton City, California, between Glenn County and Butte County. It was built in 1908-1911 by Cotton Brothers & Co., Contractors.[2] Also known as Sacramento River Bridge at Hamilton City, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1] The bridge was documented by the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) in 1984. It was demolished in 1987 but remains NRHP-listed.

While a bridge was desired by both counties, there was disagreement about the location. Glenn County favored the Hamilton City location to support Hamilton, in Glenn County, and the sugar beet industry; Butte County favored a location closer to Chico, in Butte County. The deadlock was broken by influence of Swiss-born Vincenzo Gianella, a Butte County large landowner and sugar beet farmer.[2][3]

It was replaced by a concrete highway bridge and was removed in 1987.[3]

Nonetheless, the swing bridge remains listed on the NRHP as of 2013.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b John W. Snyder (November 26, 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Gianella Bridge / Sacramento River Bridge at Hamilton City". National Park Service. and accompanying photo from 1981
  3. ^ a b "Noehill Travels in California: National Register of Historic Places in Glenn County, California: Gianella Bridge".

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