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2006 Club Medal

7th Street Bridge, Modesto
Joan Alvarez

100 Silver (numbered)
100 Antique Bronze
100 Bronze

THE STORY: In 1916 construction began to replace the old wooden wagon bridge that crossed the Tuolumne River. This would be the only bridge built entirely of concrete. The new bridge was dedicated March 17, 1917, by breaking a bottle of milk on the lion at the south end of the bridge. The reason behind using milk was that under a state option law, Stanislaus County voted to go DRY. There was discussion of tearing down the old bridge, but historians rose to its defense and in 1963 it was retrofitted and strengthened. The lions on both ends of the bridge, used from medieval times to guard public buildings, were restored by volunteers.

Stanislaus Couny Coin Club * P.O. Box 1672
* Modesto, CA * 95353-1672

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