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May 01, 2016

Powder Works Bridge in Felton is Newest National Historic Monument

Joining more than 2,500 other sites throughout the United States, the California Powder Works Bridge near Felton has been designated as a National Historic Landmark by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.  Located at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River in the Santa Cruz Mountains - tucked away in the Masonic community of Paradise Park - the bridge was built in 1872 and features a unique curved entrance overhang.  It is one of few remnants of Powder Works, the first gunpowder manufacturer west of the Mississippi.  Powder Works produced gunpowder which grew scarce during the Civil War, and to mine during the Gold Rush.  By 1865, venture capitalists in San Francisco decided to manufacture explosives there as well.  Recognized National Historic Landmarks are places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.