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Folsom's Bridges

In a city of rivers, crossing them has always been of paramount importance. In the early years, where Rainbow Bridge now stands, barges, pulled across the river on cables, moved passengers and freight across the river. A series of bridges have served residents since.


Suspension Bridge, 1861-1862 ~ 42 feet above the water, lost to the flood of 1862

Railroad Bridge, 1858-1866 -- 92 feet above the water, Span 216~, cost $100,000

Ecklon Bridge, 1862-1892 collapsed

Truss Bridge, 1893-1918

Rainbow Bridge, 1919

Truss Bridge, 2000

Lake Natoma Crossing, 2000

Folsom is now home to 3 of the best looking bridges in Sacramento County. The Rainbow Bridge has been Folsom's symbol since 1919. Shortly after the opening of Lake Natoma Crossing, the Historic Truss Bridge was re-installed, which re-opened a stretch of the American River bike trail. A new bridge to replace the restricted Folsom Dam Road will probably be in Folsom by 2008.

Lake Natoma Crossing; 1999 - present
Lake Natoma Crossing
Rainbow Bridge; 1917 - present
Rainbow Bridge

Historic Truss Bridge; 1893-1930, 2000 - present
Historic Truss Bridge


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