Jersey Bridge, Downieville, CA

jersey bridgeThe bridge that originally stood on this site was used as a gallows for a 24-year old Spanish woman who was executed by a lynch mob in July of 1851. Her name was Juanita and she was hanged for murdering a local man who was hitting on her. Some years later, her skull was stolen from her grave and was used in initiation ceremonies at a men’s club in nearby Sierra City.

Juanita’s ghost is said to appear out of a fog that forms in the southeast corner of the bridge and walks toward bystanders as if she wants to tell them something.

juanitaThe original wood structure has been replaced by a steel bridge over the Yuba River. There is a small building at the end of the bridge where a plaque dedicated to the memory of Juanita has been placed.