Mystery Bridge Nr. 94: A Stone Arch Bridge that was once a Pony Express Route and a Major Highway

Stone arch bridge. Photo and youtube film courtesy of Trey Pitsenberger

The next mystery bridge takes us out to eastern California in the vicinity of Lake Tahoe and along the Lincoln Highway. This stone arch bridge is located off US Highway 50 west of the town of Strawberry in the Eldorado State Forest, approximately 35 miles west of Lake Tahoe. One of the highway and bridge enthusiasts, Trey Pitsenberger, had to pull off due to a flat tire and found this one by chance. The most unique is that despite its connection with the Lincoln Highway and along with that, the Pony Express Route, this bridge has absolutely no historic background- who built the structure and even when it was built, even though it has been estimated to have been constructed at the turn of the century (1900).  Mr. Pitsenberger has produced a YouTube Video to show you the structure and some facts he has found so far. Check it out! 🙂

Sometimes fate presents itself in beautiful ways, even if it is a flat tire. 😉

For those who don’t know about it, the Pony Express Service was founded by William H. Russell, Alexander Majors, and William B. Waddell in 1860 and it featured mail service by horseback, connecting St. Joseph, Missouri and Oakland, with 186 mail stops every 10 miles, including the cities of Salt Lake City and Carson City, and going  through the treacherous Sierra Nevada Mountains. The service ceased with the telegraph line connecting St. Louis and San Francisco by 1862 and later the railroad service that followed in the 1870s and 80s. The Lincoln Highway, connecting San Francisco and New York via Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh would follow with its opening in 1913.

And as for the bridge itself, please feel free to comment below or via E-Mail. Whatever information that can be added to this bridge will be added. 🙂



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