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Northern California District
Release Date: 10/05/10
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. NC-11-01

BLM to Celebrate Completion of Bizz Johnson Trail Trestle Restoration

A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating restoration of the Devil’s Corral Trestle on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail is set for Friday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m., at the trestle west of Susanville.  Anyone interested is welcome.

Those attending the celebration will be among the first members of the public to cross the restored bridge, which spans the Susan River at a height of 70 feet.

“This was a huge accomplishment and restores an icon of the trail,” said Stan Bales, outdoor recreation planner with the Bureau of Land Management in Susanville.  “In addition to replacing the missing eastern span, we repainted the trestle and installed new decking and railing along the entire 270-foot-long span.”

In addition to installing the new steel span, the project included installing an interpretive panel and printing a booklet explaining the historic significance of the 97-year-old trestle.

The trestle was built in 1913 to carry trains on the Fernley and Lassen Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad which served the Red River Lumber Company mill in Westwood and later, two Susanville lumber mills.  The rail line fell into non-use in 1956, was formally abandoned in 1978, and through a rails to trails project, became today’s Bizz Johnson Trail. The 90-foot-long wooden eastern end of the trestle was destroyed by a wildfire in 2000. 

To get to Devil’s Corral dedication, take Highway 36 west from Susanville for about seven miles and watch for a turnout on the right.  The site will be marked with signs.

For more information, contact the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, (530) 257-0456.


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Last updated: 10-05-2010