#0314 Old Suspension Bridge


#0314 Old Suspension Bridge

Site information:

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, end of Bidwell Canyon Rd, far end of parking lot, Oroville

Site and plaque in recreation area, access limited by hours of operation. Fee may be required.


Plaque information:

Multiple private plaques

Plaque text:

To commemorate the Mother Orange Tree of Butte County, planted at this spot by Judge Joseph Lewis in 1856.

The Bidwell Bar Bridge
First suspension bridge of California, transported from New York via Cape Horn 1853. Completed 1856.

Dedicated to The Pioneers of California by the Board of Supervisors of Butte County Gold of Ophir Parlor No. 190 N.D.G.W., Argonaut Parlor No. 8 N.S.G.W. Nov. 27, 1926

Plaque text:

Bidwell Bar Bridge and Tollhouse

Originally constructed on a site one and a half miles northeast of this location in 1856

Rededicated on July 30, 1977 on this Kelly Ridge site
to avoid inundation by the waters of Oroville Reservoir

State of California - Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor
Resources Agency – Claire T. Dedrick, Secretary
Department of Parks and Recreation – Herbert Rhodes, Director
Department of Water Resources – Ronald B. Robie, Director

Plaque text:

1956 marks 1st centennial of Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge and planting of Mother Orange Tree of California

Dedicated by Argonaut Parlor No. 8, Native Sons of the Golden West & Gold of Ophir Parlor No. 190, Native Daughters of the Golden West May 19, 1956

Registered 7/12/1939