Honey Run Bridge

Paradise, California, USA

Wildfire 2018

The Disappointed Tourist: Honey Run Bridge, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

The Honey Run Bridge was a wooden covered bridge, built in 1886 across Butte Creek, located on Honey Run Road between Chico and Paradise. It was the only surviving example of a three-span timber Pratt-type covered bridge in the United States and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. After damage from a truck accident, the repaired bridge became a pedestrian footbridge in 1972. The bridge was destroyed in the 2018 Camp Fire which was the deadliest wildfire in California history, raging for over two weeks during which it burned 153,335 acres, destroyed 18,800 structures and killed 85 people. The reconstruction of the bridge is currently underway. I don’t know who took the photograph on which the painting is based.

Requested by Lily W.