Stoneman Bridge

Yosemite National Park

An iconic spot, both as a perfect foreground structure for photos of Half Dome in the distance and for its simple, elegant single-arch stone design over the Merced River. Environmental-review plans have called for its removal, along with that of several other bridges, because of their impact on river flow.

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