Okay, I confess: being a hiker, I love these old walking bridges. The Spruce Street Suspension Bridge was built in 1912 to connect newly built neighborhoods to the newly built trolley lines on Fourth and Fifth avenues. The bridge stretches 375 feet across, and 70 feet above Kate Sessions Canyon, which was named for a famous horticulturist responsible for many of the plantings found throughout San Diego.
The Spruce Street Suspension Bridge was engineered by Edwin Capps, who served as Mayor of San Diego twice (1899–1901 and 1915–1917). Capps had also designed the city jail and police station in 1911, and was responsible for harbor improvements, designed to receive anticipated increased traffic with the opening of the Panama Canal, in 1914. In 2012, Edwin Capps’ great-great granddaughter, Diane Capps Melhorn, attended the 100th anniversary celebration of the bridge.
The bridge is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. most days. It is located off the 163, west of Balboa Park, connecting Spruce Street and West Spruce Street.