The Bixby Creek Bridge


Just south of Carmel, California, lies the Bixby Bridge, one of the most photographed sites in California. It’s a steel-reinforced concrete bridge that spans Bixby Creek, and is famous as the entrance to Big Sur. Construction was completed in 1932, and subsequent tests have shown that the two heavy buttresses are superfluous to the design. Wikipedia has a grisly story that a Chinese construction worker was killed while working on the bridge, but rather than slow down the pace of work, his body was thrown into the fresh concrete of the north pilon.  (Note: this has never been proved!)  It’s a beautiful bridge, although I wish we could have walked out onto it. There are little benches along the site, but without a sidewalk to reach them!

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Posted on 17/02/2011, in travel, Travel to the States and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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