Celebrate the centennial of Oak Grove Bridge

Mineral King’s Oak Grove Bridge as seen from Mineral King Road.(Kenny Goodman)

Mineral King Preservation Society hosts special event to honor Oak Grove Bridge’s 100 year milestone in Three Rivers

THREE RIVERS – The Mineral King Preservation Society is bridging the past and present with a celebration marking the centennial of the Oak Grove Bridge.

Join the Mineral King Preservation Society on Sunday, April 28 for a special event that is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Oak Grove Bridge in Three Rivers. The ceremony will take place at the Bequette House in the Three Rivers Historical Museum at 2 p.m.

We’re thrilled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Oak Grove Bridge,” Lisa Monteiro, executive director of the preservation society, said. “Join us as we celebrate this historic milestone with pride and joy, complete with cake to sweeten the occasion!”

Admission for the ceremony is free and open to all who wish to attend. During the event, local historian Laile Di Silvestro will delve into many of the fun and interesting stories behind the Oak Grove Bridge. In her presentation, she is planning to explore its significance as well as the impact it has had on the local community over the past 100 years.

Supervisor Eddie Valero will also be in attendance of the ceremonious event to offer a special commemoration.

In addition to the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to explore a pop-up museum exhibit available for that day only located in the Mineral King Room, showcasing artifacts and memorabilia from the area’s storied past. There will also be cake served during the ceremony.

According to the Mineral King Preservation Society, Oak Grove Bridge spans from the East Fork of the Kaweah River at Mineral King Road, 6.6 miles east of Highway 198, in Three Rivers. The bridge is made of reinforced concrete and has long served as an approach road to Sequoia National Park.

Additionally, the modern quality of this bridge contrasts greatly with others that are located within the park. As part of an effort to create an aesthetic in which structures fit in with the natural environment, the National Park Service had bridges built with a rustic quality.

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