Tower Bridge in Sacramento, California

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 BridgeTower 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.

Tower Bridge road

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.

Tower Bridge California

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.

Tower Bridge Sacramento

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.Tower Bridge over Sacramento RiverIn 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.

Tower Bridge Sacramento, CA

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?

On Tour With Lemuria – Part 6

This is part 6 of my photo essay series about touring with Lemuria. The previous part can be found here: On Tour With Lemuria- Part 5. Or you can start from the beginning here: On Tour With Lemuria- Part 1.

On the Fall 2011 tour with Lemuria, we were in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving and found ourselves with a couple days of free time (which is sometimes rare on tour). My one dream going to Los Angeles was to visit Galco’s Soda Pop Stop and I was ecstatic to learn that we’d have time to go there.

Galco's Soda Pop Stop

I love soda, and am constantly looking for new flavors to try.  This lead me to start Thirsty Dudes, a non-alcoholic drink review website back in 2009 with former Lemuria bassist Jason Draper and Mike Literman. I was still writing for the site during this tour so a trip to Galco’s was my holy grail at the time.

Galco's shelves

Inside there were rows and rows filled with soda.  I had never seen anything like it before (and still haven’t since). It was quite overwhelming to be honest, I didn’t know where to start.

Photo by Sheena Ozzella

Root beer, ginger ale, cola, blackberry soda, cream soda, Jolt cola, Hot Lips soda, ginger beer, birch beer, orange soda, apple soda.  You name it, they had it.

Soda shelves

After spending what seemed like an hour, I ended up with a box full of a dozen different sodas, totaling $31.46.  I didn’t have a way to review them on the road so I kept them in the back of the van in the box.

Photo by Sheena Ozzella

I wish I could tell you how delicious each of them was, but I can’t.  They were safely in the van for the next week, until we got to Canada, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to be exact. It was below 0°F in Saskatoon when we arrived and dropped even lower during the night.  I awoke the next morning to find that all the bottles had froze and broke during the night.  I thought about taking a photo of the aftermath, but I was too bummed out.

Lemuria in Galco's

I learned a very important lesson that day, don’t leave glass bottles of soda in a van in the dead of winter. I thought the van would keep them from getting too cold, but I was wrong.

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