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The Bixby Bridge

Bixby Bridge 

The Bixby Creek Arch Bridge, often called simply the Bixby Creek Bridge or Bixby Bridge, is a reinforced concrete bridge in Big Sur on Highway 1.  According to the Wikipedia article, the bridge is 714 feet long, 24 feet wide, and has a main span of 320 feet. The Bixby Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in the world – a car commercial would not be “complete” without a shot of the Bixby Bridge. :-)

Big Sur is a very isolated region, accessible only by Highway 1, sometimes in combination with the lesser-traveled Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Before the completion of the Bixby Bridge in 1932, the 30-mile journey from Monterey to the Big Sur River Valley could take 3 days.

The design engineer for the Bixby Bridge was Norman Raab. The bridge was seismically retrofitted in 1997 for protection during earthquakes.

The Bixby Bridge and Big Sur inspire contemplation and various moods. In addition to the photographs linked above in the Big Sur section of the Portfolio, I have a number of Digital PhotoArt treatments (1234) of the Bixby Bridge.

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo™

You can view higher-resolution photos (*generally* 7-30 megabytes, compressed) at the Cheshire Cat Photo™ Pro Gallery on Shutterfly™, where you can also order prints and gifts decorated with the photos of your choice from the gallery. Apparel and other gifts decorated with some of our most popular photos can be ordered from the Cheshire Cat Photo™ Store on CafePress®.

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