Fair Oaks Historical Society

Virtual Walking Tour

Old Fair Oaks Bridge

You're at the middle of the old Fair Oaks bridge, sometimes called the old red bridge. Some think it was a railroad bridge but that is not the case. No train ever crossed the river between Sacramento and Folsom. The first bridge was built in 1901 and washed out in a flood in 1907. It was rebuilt, higher and stronger, and still stands over a hundred years later. It was the main artery into Fair Oaks from 1901 to 1961 when it was closed to vehicular traffic. We’ll now take you on a descriptive tour of the area surrounding the bridge.