Bridges bring us together

Folsom: City of Bridges special section
By: Don Chaddock/The Telegraph
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This special section celebrates Folsom’s history and its reliance on bridges to get across the American River and smaller ravines that snake through the town. With the March 28 opening of the area’s newest bridge, Folsom Lake Crossing, it seems only fitting to take a moment to look back. The first bridge across the river was built in 1852 at Mormon Island, the Gold Rush town that now rests at the bottom of Folsom Lake. Since then, numerous spans have crossed the river. Today, with the addition of the new bridge, there will be four such structures within city limits: the Historic Truss Bridge (1893), Rainbow Bridge (1919), Lake Natoma Crossing (1999) and Folsom Lake Crossing (2009). These bridges, as well as those that go unnoticed, bring communities and neighborhoods together. As we celebrate the new bridge opening on March 28, we can’t ignore the bridges that have served the area so well. Thank you to the Folsom History Museum, Folsom Historical Society and the city of Folsom for providing much of the information presented in this special section. Don Chaddock is the editor of the Telegraph. He may be reached at