Bixby Creek Bridge

January 7, 2017

Duration: 5-20 minutes

As we continued to travel on the Highway 1 to Southern California, we passed one of the most photographed bridges on the West Coast: Bixby Creek Bridge.

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Bixby Creek Bridge

The bridge is pretty easy to recognize in Big Sur due to its historic and pleasing aesthetic design:

It is a reinforced concrete open-spandrelarch bridge. The bridge is 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco and 13 miles (21 km) south of Carmel in Monterey County along State Route 1.

Wikipedia

We stopped right at the view point and walked out a bit. From the bridge, you can see the beautiful Central Coast:

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History

The bridge was named after pioneering businessman Charles Henry Bixby who arrived in California in 1852 and became successful in raising cattle in Sonoma County. He was the one who persuaded the county to build a road to Bixby Creek, which was not passable at the time.

Even though the county refused his proposal at first, they finally constructed the bridge in 1932 even though the highway was not even finished for another 5 years. At the time of its completion, it was the longest concrete arch span on the California State Highway System.

Tips

After driving through the Rocky Bridge, be prepared to stop at the Bixby Creek Bridge in a few minutes.

Highway 1 has only 2 lanes and the road is pretty windy near Big Sur so drive carefully, especially when some bikers riding up hill sharing the same lane with cars. Sometimes, there will be some road constructions that block one of the lanes so you should also look out for some signs. Don’t drive too fast!

It can be hazy or foggy so it may be hard to take good pictures. You may need to dehaze in post processing.

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