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Bridge over the Merced River at Briceburg
Bridge over the Merced River at Briceburg
Briceburg is located in California
Location in California
Briceburg is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Mariposa County
1,138 ft (347 m)

Briceburg (formerly, Bear Creek) is an unincorporated community in Mariposa County, California. It is located on the Merced River near the confluence with Bear Creek, 5 miles (8 km) north-northwest of Midpines, at an elevation of 1138 feet (347 m). It is accessed via a bridge over the Merced River that connects Highway 140 with Briceburg Road. The bridge is a 160-foot (49 m) suspension bridge built by the US Forest Service in 1937 and constructed by 30 Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees. Forest Service Engineer J.W. Nute was in charge of construction. The community name honors William M. Brice, who built a store at the location in 1926.

After a 2019 fire, Pacific Gas & Electric decided to create a self-reliant power system rather than rebuilding poles and wires to serve the remote community. The stand-alone power grid includes solar panels, batteries and a backup generator.

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