Thursday, January 26, 2006

A Walk Under the Bridges of Pasadena

Colorado Street Bridge. The Colorado Street Bridge was completed in 1913 to span Arroyo Seco, a gorge carved out of the San Gabriel Mountain Range. Now part of Pasadena, California, a beautiful town in Southern California near Los Angeles, Arroyo Seco was once a naturalists paradise, with President Theodore Roosevelt one of its many admirers. Approaching the bridge for photography can be a challenge as the few trails are not very accessible, and totally unmarked and steeply graded, but the hike is pleasant and the locations are serene. The bridge itself is 1468 feet long and 150 high, made of reinforced concrete with a graceful curve necessitated by the difficult and unstable terrain it was built upon. Located directly off the 210 freeway, and within walking distance of the famous Rose Bowl, this bridge is an enduring icon in a metropolis that is renowned more for its rapid pace and continuing development than its preservation of heritage. Renovations were complete in 1994, and the bridge is now listed on various landmark registries and is set to stand tall for another 75 years.
They used this bridge in the movie, "Being John Malkovich" and series of "Alias".
La Loma Bridge. Has spanned the lower Arroyo Seco for almost 90 years, described at its opening as the "handsome small sister of the Colorado Street Bridge", the La Loma Bridge is an open spandrel arch structure and one of the finer local examples, influenced by nostalgic views of Greece and Rome, adopted for use on a bridge. The La Loma Bridge is 378 feet long and carries one lane of travel in each direction with five-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides. The bridge is also eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) due to its historical significance.
San Rafael Bridge. They used this bridge in the film, "Seabiscuit".

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