Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge as it appeared in 1920. The bridge’s graceful Beaux Arts arches first crossed the Arroyo Seco in 1913. Rising 144 feet above the mostly dry ravine below, the bridge earned an unfortunate nickname — Suicide Bridge — after dozens of people leaped from the structure to their deaths during the Great Depression.
For more photos of historic L.A.-area bridges, see “A Brief History of Bridges in Los Angeles County,” L.A. as Subject’s latest KCET.org contribution.

Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge as it appeared in 1920. The bridge’s graceful Beaux Arts arches first crossed the Arroyo Seco in 1913. Rising 144 feet above the mostly dry ravine below, the bridge earned an unfortunate nickname — Suicide Bridge — after dozens of people leaped from the structure to their deaths during the Great Depression.

For more photos of historic L.A.-area bridges, see “A Brief History of Bridges in Los Angeles County,” L.A. as Subject’s latest KCET.org contribution.