Backstory and Context
Gateway to the Oakmore District
In 1926, developer Walter H. Leimert completed the largest structure in this new Oakmore Highlands subdivision. When finished, the Leimert Bridge, named for the boulevard it supports as wells as the developer who commissioned it was the largest single span bridge of its time. The elegantly arched structure connected Park Boulevard and Piedmont to the nearby hills, which had been isolated by Dimond Canyon on the northwest and the bed of the former Palo Seco Creek (now the Warren Freeway – Highway 13) to the east. The new, reliable transportation route into these hills transformed them from bucolic scenery into a desirable and convenient location to live.
The Leimert Company promotional materials of the era referred to their new concrete structure as “The Bridge that Wrought a Miracle for Oakmore Highlands.” From its intersection at Park Boulevard, the bridge spanned over Sausal Creek and the 325 ft Dimond Canyon. After completion it brought commuter street cars (the Park Boulevard #18 Car Line spur off the Key System) as well as automobiles into the heart of the new business center and residential development. The streetcar turnaround was located at the five way intersection as the east end of the business district.