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The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”



he Contract for the Dyer Bridge Across the

Santa Ynez River was awarded in August 17,

1889 to Bert Dyer for $3,687.

This early bridge was built at the narrows of the

river at what is today the Floradale Bridge Cross-

ing on the route to the Prison. This bridge supported

the route across Burton Mesa to the Lompoc Landing


The Robertson Bridge on the East side of Lompoc

was the first built by the County across the Santa Ynez

River in 1878 for $600. The Boroda Crossing bridge

was built in 1892 at the western end of the valley. The

first permanent bridge at the river on H Street was

constructed in1926.

All of the bridges were washed away by the ram-

paging river from time to time and replaced by others

until the next storm. The Group shown here was on a

Sunday outing on horse carriages to the Dyer Bridge

which was about 5 miles from the center of town.



Legacy, No. 5, Spring,

1975; Lompoc Val-

ley Historical Society

Newsletter, Jan 2006.


by Justin M. Ruhge

Hang On!

AWalk on the “High” Dyer Bridge 1918 Era.

Left to right:

George Payne, Charles Ruffner, Dale Houn-

shell, Ed Lair, Bertha Kalin. Photo from Margaret Kalin.

Courtesy of the Lompoc Valley Historical Society