Bixby Creek Bridge: Photos and History of this Iconic Bridge

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As a photographer there are certain things I hate shooting and certain things I love. For me, bridges will always be one of my most loved things to photograph. The style and the construction of these massive elevated roads hold a special place in my artistic heart, and near the top of my favorite bridges is the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge in the Northern part of Big Sur.

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  • Good size turnout on the North side of the bridge for photography
  • Best at sunset as the sun is not directly behind the bridge


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Before I bombard you with pictures of this bridge here is the history.

Bixby Creek takes its name from Charles Henry Bixby, from Livingston County, New York, who arrived on the Monterey Peninsula in 1868. He purchased large tracts of land in the Big Sur area and harvested the lumber, producing shakes, shingles, railroad ties, trench posts and tan bark.

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Bixby Bridge, is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge in Big Sur, California. Prior to the opening of the bridge in 1932, residents of the Big Sur area were virtually cut off during winter due to the often impassable Old Coast Road that led 11 miles inland and could take three days to traverse. At its completion, the bridge was built under budget for $199,861 and was the longest concrete arch span at 320 feet on the California State Highway System. It is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world.

The Bridge

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There is not a lot else to say about the bridge other then to show you some of my favorite photos from my stop there. If you are looking to photograph the bridge continue to the North side where there is a decent size turn out on the left.

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From here there are paths on both sides of the bridge that you can walk to get better views of the iconic structure. Here are some of my favorite photos.

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As you can see I was a fan of my time here and if you are driving up highway one it is a must stop. Feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post or to recommend other bridges I should check out.

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  • Gary Lemay

    A bridge of similar structure and built 4 years earlier crosses Aptos Creek, 6 miles south of Santa Cruz in Aptos. Photo op from train trestle. Check it out.

    • Josh

      Thanks for the comment I will have to check it out!

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