|Location of trestle at bottom. (Courtesy Duncan Nanney)|
|Hillside trestles in Laurel Canyon. (Bruce MacGregor)|
However, despite these trestles, it was only where the right-of-way was forced to cross Burns Creek, a tributary of Soquel Creek, that the Laurel Trestle, sometimes known as the Burns Creek Trestle, was required.
|Laurel Trestle soon after construction, 1882.|
It is unknown precisely when this bridge was reconstructed to support broad gauging, though it was certainly broad-gauged by 1907 when the entire line was refitted. The later design likely dates from around 1903 when preparations were being made prior to the 1906 Earthquake. Oddly, no published work seems to document the history of this trestle despite its frequent use in railroad books. It only merits a passing mention in the "Santa Cruz-Los Gatos Rail Corridor Feasibility Study". It's length, unfortunately, was unknown due to these oversights.
|Laurel Trestle and Summit Tunnel south portal, c. 1910s.|
|Laurel Trestle and surrounding area, February 29, 1940. (Courtesy Bruce MacGregor)|
|Northern support pilings for Laurel Trestle, overgrown and pushed upward by roots, 2011.|