Bridgeport receives new historic designation |

Bridgeport receives new historic designation

Dan Youngren, Supervising State Park Peace Officer, gathered attendees at the Bridgeport Fall Festival on Sunday for the unveiling of a new historical plaque.

David Anderson, president of the South Yuba River Park Association (SYRPA), unveiled the plaque. He then introduced Amy Crane from the California State Office of Historic Preservation, and David Allen, past grand president of The Native Sons of the Golden West.

Crane said the first California landmark was dedicated in 1932. The original designation landmark dedication of the bridge (#390) at Bridgeport was in 1947. The current update dedication of this unveiling, now includes the associated Virginia turnpike, 1862 barn, 1927 gas station and the Kneebone cemetery. Crane also confirmed that the bridge is the longest single-span wooden covered bridge in the world.

Allen explained the Native Sons of the Golden West is California’s most significant fraternal historic society, established in 1875. Their efforts have been throughout the state which includes this dedication at Bridgeport.

Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston thanked the volunteers who, through their diligence, have enhanced the park and made it into the wonderful resource it is today. He further thanked Anderson, SYRPA and all the volunteers for their help in preserving the Bridge and all the park has to offer.

This dedication was made possible by the support of the California State Parks Foundation and the Native Sons of the Golden West.

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