The Seven Bridge Walk

Quince St. Bridge, which crosses Maple Canyon

Quince St. Bridge, which crosses Maple Canyon. (Photo courtesy of sdrocksnroads.com)

Hello again to all of our supporters and streetcar enthusiasts! We hope you all had lovely holidays. We took some time off to enjoy friends and family, as well as a little bit of San Diego history.

This past weekend, we finally had the chance to take this wonderful 5.5 mile walk forwarded to us by San Diego Historic Streetcars board member Ernie Bonn (Thanks, Ernie!). The Seven Bridge Walk, published in the San Diego Reader in October, took us through several beautiful San Diego neighborhoods, including Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, University Heights, and also into the heart of our city’s crown jewel: Balboa Park.

We especially enjoyed the bridges that allowed access to the trolley lines that connected San Diego neighborhoods. As streetcar lovers, we love being able to walk along (and across!) history— especially a history that opened our beloved uptown neighborhoods to development in San Diego’s earlier days.

When you cross Quince Street bridge, imagine the trolley station that sat right across the way on Fourth Avenue. As you cross the Vermont Street bridge, think of how it might have looked as a wooden-trestle bridge that was used as part of the University trolley line (which ran 1888-1949). The Georgia Street Bridge, the seventh and final on the tour, was built as Greater North Park began to develop because of increased streetcar access starting in 1890. You can read more about how real estate development followed streetcar expansion in section 4.2 of this historic planning document. And you can read more about some of these historic bridges over at Hillquest.

Be sure to check out the entire walking route for yourself in the original article in The Reader.

We encourage you to walk along your local history… and while you’re at it, imagine what it would be like to have the historic Class 1 streetcars return to our cities uptown neighborhoods. Happy rambling, everyone!

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