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.
- California Historical Landmarks in Amador County, California
- Mining communities of the California Gold Rush
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- California State Mining Bureau (1899). Catalogue of the State Museum of California ...: being the collections made by the State Mining Bureau ... p. 170. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
- "Middle Bar, Amador County". Amador Gold. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
- Kyle, Douglas; Rensch, Ethel (September 6, 2002). Historic Spots in California (Fifth ed.). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
- "Middle Bar Bridge". Bridge Hunter. Self-published. Retrieved September 3, 2012.[unreliable source?]