Mojave River Steel Bridge

This unique bridge is located between Victorville and Oro Grande.  It crosses the mighty Mojave River – the river of the desert’s namesake.  The bridge crosses one of the only “wet” sections of the Mojave River.

It’s unique because it’s the only steel truss bridge that Route 66 crosses in California.  It’s even more unique as compared to other ordinary steel truss bridges because it crosses the river at an angle, so the all of the steel girders intersect at odd angles.

Mojave River Steel Bridge

Scenes of the bridge:

  • Mojave River Steel Bridge
    Standing next to the bridge heading eastbound
  • Mojave River Steel Bridge
    Heading eastbound, circa 1940s
  • Mojave River Steel Bridge
    Built in 1932
  • Mojave River Steel Bridge
    Approaching the bridge heading westbound
  • Mojave River Steel Bridge
    Close look at the steel structure
  • Mojave River Steel Bridge
    View of the bridge from river level
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Click and move mouse back and forth to see a 1940 to 2011 comparison of the steel bridge.

The steel bridge that Route 66 crosses over is roughly 3 miles north of the California Route 66 Museum and is unique in many ways.  For one, it’s design is unique whereas the steel trusses meet at odd angles because of the way the bridge was built over the Mojave River.  It is also the only bridge of this type that Route 66 crosses in California.  The railing along the roadbed exemplifies ornate ironwork that was common when the bridge was built in 1932.

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