Bell’s Bridge!

Bell's Bridge
Is there a plaque?  NO. 🙁

What is it? Nothing! Nothing but a street intersection!
What makes it historical? The guide says: Erected in 1851 by J. J. Bell, this was an important toll bridge on the road from Shasta City to Tehama. Bell’s Mansion, erected in 1859 on Clear Creek, was a favorite stopping place for miners on their way to the Shasta, Trinity, and Siskiyou gold fields.

Other tidbits: Actually, Joseph Jones Bell had a ferry here in 1851. He didn’t put in the bridge until December of 1853! Mr. Bell was the principal stockholder of the Original Williams and Kellinger Gold, Silver and Copper Mining Company, and first postmaster of the Bell’s Bridge Post Office!


  • You can volunteer with the Shasta Historical Society!
  • You can donate to the Shasta Historical Society!
  • You can be a responsible visitor! That means respecting the signs and pathways and treating all structures and artifacts with respect! After all, they’ve endured a lot already to make it into the present! They’ll need our help to make it to the future!
How do I find it? Listed Directions:
SW corner of old Hwy 99 and Clear Creek Rd
Redding, CA 96001

I guess that’s correct, though I want to point out that Old Highway 99 is also known as CA-273!

From Los Angeles: ~540mi (870km) — 9hrs
From Sacramento: ~157mi (253km) — 2.7hrs
From San Diego: ~660mi (1063km) — 11hrs
From San Francisco: ~213mi (343km) — 3.6hrs

When should I go? Whenever the mood strikes you!

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