After living in Portland, Oregon for three years, I have developed a deep appreciation and love for bridges. I spent a week in Sacramento, CA in 2013 (while on tour with Lemuria) and fell in love with Tower Bridge while I was there.
Tower Bridge was opened on December 15, 1935. The 737 foot long vertical lift bridge spans the Sacramento River and was designed by Alfred Eichler. At the time of it’s construction, it was the first and only vertical lift bridge in the California Highway System.
The two 160 foot towers on the bridge help make it one of the most iconic landmarks in Sacramento. It’s hard to walk or drive past it and not admire it’s beauty.
While the bridge is currently painted gold, it wasn’t always this color. Originally the bridge was silver, but after complaints of the glare it was repainted in June of 1976 to a yellow-ochre color. The color choice was an homage to the gold leafed cupola on the nearby State Capitol.
As most paint jobs do, the color started to fade and in 2001 all residents within 35 miles voted on a new color for the bridge. Gold was the winning color, beating out green, burgundy, and a silver and gold color scheme. The repainting of Tower Bridge was finished in 2002.In 1982, Tower Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places which it definitely deserves to be. Iconic and beautiful bridges such as this one should be cherished and preserved as long as possible.
Unfortunately while I was in town, I did not get to see the bridge lifted. Hopefully someday I will be able to return to Sacramento and get the chance to see a boat pass underneath it.
As a huge fan of bridges, I’m always looking for more to explore and document. What are some bridges you think I should photograph?