King City Salinas River Bridge in 1910. (Contributed)

KING CITY — A springtime outing called “The Bridges of Southern Monterey County” is being planned for Saturday, April 22, and will be the featured portion of the San Antonio Valley Historical Association’s (SAVHA) annual spring tour.

The event is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Irrigation Museum at San Lorenzo Park in King City, in partnership with the Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum. It will include a video presentation of historic bridges along the Salinas River and surrounding areas presented by local historian John Jernigan.

Participants will then go by private vehicles to bridge sites in King City, San Lucas, San Ardo and Bradley.

At the San Lucas bridge, long-time resident Bill Barbree will share memories of that metal bridge built in 1915. A light lunch will be served at the historic San Bernardo Grange in San Ardo, where historian and San Ardo resident Howard P. Strohn will talk about the history of the San Ardo bridge and river area.

For those interested, an added feature will be a trip to see the two bridges near Bradley, with the tour concluding around 3 p.m.

Cost of the tour will be $20 per person for members and $25 for non-members, payable in advance. Participants are encouraged to carpool. Most sites are accessible with little walking. The tour will also give those attending a chance to see some of the effects of the January flooding in the area.

Reservations are required by April 20, and space is limited. To make a reservation, contact Karen Jernigan at 831-594-3740 or Patricia Woodfill at 831-385-0323 or by email at [email protected].

San Antonio Valley Historical Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the Jolon/Lockwood area and all of southern Monterey County.

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