This article brings to light the work of six bridge engineer-designers whose Southern California bridges facilitated transportation in the 1910–1930 period of the region’s explosive growth. Their firms were local, most were architects as well as engineers, and their bridges remain cherished landmarks.
Bridge Builders of Southern California: Mayberry & Parker, Frank Allen, Irving Gill, William Thomas, Merrill Butler
Stephen Mikesell has worked in the historic preservation field since the early 1980s, including a decade as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MA from the University of California Davis. He has written three books: A Tale of Two Bridge: the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges of 1936 and 2013; Sierra Railway; and Historic Highway Bridges of California. He has also written nearly a dozen articles, published in California History, Southern California Quarterly, The Public Historian, and Journal of the West.
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Stephen Mikesell; Bridge Builders of Southern California: Mayberry & Parker, Frank Allen, Irving Gill, William Thomas, Merrill Butler. Southern California Quarterly 1 February 2020; 102 (1): 5–23. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2020.102.1.5
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