Building the Benicia-Martinez Bridge

Building the Benicia-Martinez Bridge

General meeting with the Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia

John V. Robinson (born 1960) is an American writer and photojournalist who specializes in photographing heavy construction work with a focus on bridge construction and the men and women who do the work. Robinson goes onto construction sites and does detailed photo essays of the iron workers, pile drivers, carpenters, laborers, and crane operators who do this demanding and dangerous work. He frequently collects oral histories of the workers.  Robinson also does freelance photography work and his construction shots are frequently published in San Francisco Bay Area newspapers, used in calendars, and used in advertising campaigns of construction and engineering firms. John Robinson’s photo-essays on bridge construction and history have been published in nine books and his articles and photographs regularly appear in professional and trade journals like The Ironworker[5] and Engineering News Record.

The summer of 2007 marked the opening of the new Benicia-Martinez Bridge between Solano and Contra Costa Counties in California. Building the Benicia-Martinez Bridge traces the transportation history of the area from the old railroad ferry service, through the construction of the existing bridges, and documents the construction of the new bridge.


Date(s) - Thu, Apr 6, 2023
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm


Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
734 Marin St., Vallejo


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