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Jug Handle Creek Trestle

Five miles south of Fort Bragg on Route you will find the Jug Handle State Reserve. What is now a state park was once the site of the tallest wooden trestle bridge in the world. It spanned the Jug Handle Creek. Built over Jug Handle Creek in 1884 by the Caspar Lumber Company to reach logs in Hare Creek to the north of Caspar the trestle was 1000 feet long and the rails were 140 feet above the creek. During dry weather, locomotives sprayed water onto the trestles as they approached to reduce the possibility of smoldering sparks from the smokestack igniting the trestle.

Daisy on the Jug Handle Creek Trestle
Ladies walking over the Jug Handle trestle Caspar Lumber Company #5 “Trojan” crossing the trestle The bridge height can be gauged from this picture of #3 "Smilax" Caspar Lumber Company “Samson” on the trestle with a mixed load Caspar Lumber Company #3 “Smilax” crossing the trestle The trestle was wrecked in the 1906 earthquake and was re-built in six months

This picture shows a steam engine ("loco" they used to say) perched on the top of the trestle. The loco was Jumbo, or "Old Dirty and Greasy" as it was called by those working on it. Jumbo is pushing a tanbark car and towing empty disconnects (perhaps a work train)


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