Rockport Suspension Bridge

Rockport (formerly, Cotineva) is a former settlement in an unincorporated area of Mendocino County, California. It is located 7.25 miles north-northwest of Westport. Rockport started as a small company town serving the timber industry on the Pacific Ocean coast among redwood forests in Northern California. Rockport is regarded as the southern end of the Lost Coast region; it is where State Highway 1, which runs very close along the coast for most of its length, instead turns inland before merging with U.S. Route 101 at Leggett.

The Mendocino Redwood Company now owns the Rockport mill’s forests (see map here) and in their very informative web site there is a page describing the construction of the bridge including an interview with Bernie Agrons, the last general manager of Rockport Redwood Company before it ceased mill operations in 1957. Bernie re-visited Rockport Beach in 2007 and recounted the building of the suspension bridge – click here for the link to his interview and the page on the bridge.

These are pictures I have recently collectyed of the Suspension Bridge:

Ship loading off of the island blasted flat for the Rockport Suspension Bridge

Very old grainy pic of the Rockport Suspension Bridge

View of the rail lines leading to the Rockport Suspension Bridge

Ruins of the trestles leading to the Rockport Suspension Bridge

Rockport today Suspension Bridge long gone