Middle Bar, California
|Location||2.8 miles (4.5 km) south of State Route 49, on Middle Bar Road at the Mokelumne River|
In 1851, the Middle Bar Bridge was built over the Mokelumne River to handle the large amount of gold seekers coming through the area. The following years, 1852, a flood washed the bridge away. Another bridge was built with claims stating it was high enough it would not get washed away. It was finished in November, 1852, and cost $25,000 to build. It stood for approximately ten years until another flood dislocated the bridge.
After the first gold rush, the area experienced a second round of increased population in the 1920s during a smaller mining rush.
In the present day a truss bridge built by the Clinton Bridge and Iron Works bearing the date 1912 crosses the Mokelumne River at the town site, connecting the river banks in Amador County and Calaveras County, California.
- California Historical Landmarks in Amador County, California
- Mining communities of the California Gold Rush
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