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Northern California District
Release Date: 07/15/13
Contacts: Bill Kuntz (530) 224-2100    
  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-13-75

BLM, E. Clampus Vitus to Dedicate Historic Monument at Steel Bridge, Trinity County

A monument marking the site of a historic gold mining feature along the Trinity River will be dedicated in a public ceremony Saturday, July 27, at noon, at the Steel Bridge boat ramp near Highway 299 in Trinity County.

Staff from the Bureau of Land Management’s Redding Field Office and members of Trinitarianus Chapter 62 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E. Clampus Vitus will conduct the ceremony at the site of the old Steelbridge Siphon.

"Most people think the old concrete abutments along the river were used to support a vehicle bridge across the Trinity River," said Dr. Eric Ritter, an archaeologist with the BLM. "In fact, the structures supported a large pipe that moved water from Grass Valley Creek to the Union Hill Mine."

To get to the dedication site, take Steel Bridge Road, three miles east of Douglas City on Highway 299, and drive two miles to the Steel Bridge boat ramp. More information is available by calling the BLM at (530) 224-2157.

The BLM manages a campground at Steel Bridge. Information is available at

E. Clampus Vitus is a fraternal organization that studies and preserves historic sites, often those associated with mining in the western U. S.


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Last updated: 07-15-2013