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Wawona Covered Bridge Restoration, 1957

Introduction

These photos were taken in 1957 by Glenn Gordo, who supervised the original Wawona Bridge Restoration in 1957. Glenn Gordo, master craftsman and builder from Mariposa and grandson of a pioneering Portuguese couple, along with his crew, were recruited after a flood in 1955 damaged the bridge. Doug Hubbard remembers the bridge restoration:

Gordo and his workmen shored up the bridge’s sagging middle, used pieces of heavy pipe, and with a bulldozer-powered winch rolled it smoothly ashore. After months of intensive work, during which the deteriorating timbers, siding, and roof were replaced, the process was reversed and the bridge rolled back to its original position.

[Shirley Sargent Protecting Paradise (1998), p. 110.]

The photos here were developed Dec. 1957, and scanned by Glenn Goro’s youngest daughter Karene Gordo Lane in 2008. Karene donated the scans to the Yosemite Online Library in 2008. The captions are from Karene’s older sisters, who remember the project (Karene was just a baby at the time).
—Dan Anderson

Photographs

Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
Glenn Gordo standing
in front of the bridge
Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
Glenn Gordo standing
in front of the bridge
Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
Glenn Gordo (I like the
“Donít Smoke” sign)
Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
Glenn Gordo getting on the tractor
used to pull the bridge across the
South Fork Merced River
Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
After the bridge was
pulled across
Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
Glenn talking to his crew
Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
Bridge during reconstruction
Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
Glenn Gordo (probably
inspecting the bridge)
Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
Glenn Gordo (probably
inspecting the bridge)
Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
Bridge during reconstruction
Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
Glenn talking to his crew
Wawona Bridge Restoration, 1957
Glenn talking to his crew

Background Information on Wawona Bridge

Wawona Covered Bridge with freight wagon and mule team
Wawona Covered Bridge
(from Yosemite Nature Notes 1956)
Cover, Fall 2004
Wawona Covered Bridge
(from Yosemite 2004)


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