Auburn, CA Bridge Collapse, Nov 1911

ELEVEN KILLE AND FIVE OTHERS INJURED WHEN BRIDGE COLLAPSES.

FORTY MEN WERE WORKING ON THE BRIDGE WHEN IT GAVE AWAY AND THEY DROPPED SIXTY FEET INTO THE WATERS OF AMERICAN RIVER.

Auburn, Cal., Nov. 6. - Eleven men were killed and five injured yesterday by the collapse of a span of the Mountain Quarries company's railway bridge across the American River four miles from this place.
About forty men were working on the portion of the bridge that went down, but most of them escaped unhurt, has been working a night shift on the bridge in order to rush it to completion.
Physicians and nurses have been summoned from Auburn to the scene of the accident.
In order to tap rich deposits of lime and cement rock, the Portland Cement Company began, two years ago, the construction of a railroad to the American River canyon that would permit it to get its material to its distributing point at Benicia.
The railroad is laid out over a tortuous route and construction work has at all times been difficult.
The bridge which was the scene of Saturday's night's catastrophe is one of the largest in the state. It was intended to span the American River at a height of sixty feet. When the center span unsupported by the concrete pillars which are at either end of the bridge, gave way the workmen were precipitated a sheer sixty feet into the water of the American River.
The scene of the disaster is difficult to reach. The only road which leads to it winds down the river hills to the Yuba Ditch Company's dam, and thence over an old wagon trail that had fallen into disuse before the Portland Cement Company started operations.

Tonopah Daily Bonanza Nevada 1911-11-06