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Old Rt. 89 Hell Canyon Bridge


Old Rt. 89 Hell Canyon Bridge

Seen from the end of the adjacent Santa Fe RR bridge, looking northwest.

Photo taken by Alexander D. Mitchell IV in May 2008


BH Photo #183369



Currently carries conveyor belt and access road serving nearby concrete plant (little used or disused at last report); parallel to Big Hell Canyon RR Bridge


Concrete arched beam bridge over Hell Canyon on Industrial Road (former U.S. 89)
Yavapai County, Arizona
Carries conveyor belt and maintenance vehicles; public access prohibited by signs and gates
Built 1923
Arched concrete beam
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 30, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.97913, -112.38221   (decimal degrees)
34°58'45" N, 112°22'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/373834/3871601 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 88001682 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 46688 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Arizona (291)
Beam (13,222)
Built 1923 (564)
Built during 1920s (9,167)
Closed (2,501)
NR-listed (2,850)
Yavapai County, Arizona (32)

Update Log 

  • February 19, 2015: New photos from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • September 2, 2014: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • July 12, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Corrected design, clarified access closure
  • October 25, 2010: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: corrected design


  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV


Old Rt. 89 Hell Canyon Bridge
Posted July 27, 2011, by John Totten (johntotten9389 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Even without the conveyor apparently on the bridge, I question whether this bridge would be drivable. When I visited a few years ago, the approaches were blocked off and gated, and there were trenches about three feet deep on either end of the concrete deck. "Somebody" obviously doesn't want anybody driving on this bridge, probably for good reason. I hiked in.

Old Rt. 89 Hell Canyon Bridge
Posted March 10, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There is now a conveyor of some sort placed on this bridge's deck. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/36018350 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/36018337