Under the bridge

There’s a small creek that crosses Negro Bar, emptying into what is now Lake Natoma — and was once a portion of the American River.  Nowadays the creek is mostly hidden amongst the trees and undergrowth, but it is visible in a few spots.

One of these spots is a lot more difficult to find these days.  Prior to construction of the new Natoma Crossing bridge, which opened in 2000, this spot consisted of a long wooden staircase leading down to what looked like a stone wall across the creek.  The water flowed through the barrier, and there was a wooden handrail held in place by metal poles.  It was one of my favorite spots at Negro Bar.

Summer 1990:

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Sadly, this forgotten little bridge was mostly destroyed during the building of the Natoma Crossing.  Parts of it still remain intact, but it’s no longer a bridge.  If you look closely, you can still see fragments of what it used to be.

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Summer 1990:

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