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CR&NW - Gilahina Trestle

Photos 

View Of Bridge, Looking East

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #224045

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Description 

Part of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway route, this bridge illustrates the ingenuity and drive of the railroad builders. Built during the winter of 1911 in only eleven days, this 180 foot long, 90 foot high curved timber trestle was the last and most difficult wooden bridge built between Chitina and Kennecott, Alaska.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Gilahina River on Copper River & Northwestern Railroad
Location
Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
Status
Abandoned
History
Built during the winter of 1911 in only eleven days.
Builders
- E.C. Hawkins (Chief Engineer)
- Michael James Heney of Cordova, Alaska (Contractor)
Railroad
- Copper River & Northwestern Railway (CR&NW)
Design
Timber trestle with timber stringer spans
Dimensions
Total length: 650.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+61.43870, -143.71850   (decimal degrees)
61°26'19" N, 143°43'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
7/355029/6814674 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 51123 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 11, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 29, 2012: Added by Mike Goff

Sources 

  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER AK-15 - Copper River & Northwestern Railroad, Gilahina Bridge, Mile 28.5, McCarthy Road, Chitina, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK