|Long Beach International Gateway Bridge
|Vincent Thomas Bridge
At 205 feet above the water, the Long Beach International Gateway Bridge has the highest deck of any cable-stayed bridge in the United States.
Before the Vincent Thomas Bridge came to be, Terminal Island was reached by ferry from San Pedro. Boys were known to swim across the channel to the island in order to avoid paying the five-cent fare. They entrusted their clothes to one of their number who actually boarded the ferry.
The Gerald Desmond Bridge, connecting Terminal Island to Long Beach, was preceded by a pontoon bridge, opened by the Navy in 1944 as a "6-month temporary emergency structure." The pontoon bridge, meant to give the Navy easier access to its base on Terminal Island, went on to last until the opening of the Gerald Desmond Bridge in 1968.
The Gerald Desmond Bridge was named for a prominent Long Beach civic leader who served as a Long Beach City Councilmember and as Long Beach City Attorney.
The Commodore Schuyler F. Heim Lift Bridge, opened in 1948, was at its opening, the tallest vertical lift bridge in the Western United States. It was demolished in 2016 and replaced by newer, more earthquake-resistant bridge bearing the same name, in 2020.