Found: A piece of Covered Bridge History!

The San Lorenzo Valley Museum received an interesting donation this past Friday. This is an important piece of bridge history, and we are excited to hear that the museum will have this piece on display at the 2017 Covered Bridge Festival festival!

 Cast-Iron sign placed by builders of the Felton Covered Bridge

Cast-Iron sign placed by builders of the Felton Covered Bridge

This cast iron sign, 43" by 10", was found by a local Felton resident years ago. After reading a recent article in the press banner concerning the 125th anniversary of the bridge, the resident realized that the sign belongs in a museum. So this important artifact is now in the care of the San Lorenzo Valley Museum! If you're not a member of the museum, you should consider joining! The museum is a non-profit entity that relies upon support from the community. 

 

Cotton Brothers & Co were general contractors based in Oakland, CA. The specialized in "Buildings, Bridges, Power Plants, Factories". According to Alameda County Illustrated, Cotton Brothers & Co was formed in approximately 1888. They built bridges over the on Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin rivers, and performed a great deal of municipal work all over the coast.