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AZCR - Verde River Bridge

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Arizona Central RR Truss Bridge

View from bank looking north

Photo taken by Dale Heidewald in August 2005

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BH Photo #253412

Map 

Description 

Railroad constructed 1912; markings on bridge indicate it was built 1898 (apparently at another location, possibly on the Santa Fe main line) and re-erected at this location 1928. Foundations of trestlework and abandoned railroad grading are downstream, indicating this replaced an earlier trestle. Former right-of-way over old bridge visible in satellite photos. Bridge in use by freight trains of current Arizona Central Railroad.

(It should be noted that this bridge is in an extremely remote location, and exploration should not be attempted by inexperienced or novice hikers/explorers, especially in summer heat. 4WD vehicles with high clearance highly recommended for nearby National Forest roads.)

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Verde River (northern tributary) on Arizona Central Railroad
Location
Yavapai County, Arizona
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built at another location 1898, moved to this location 1928
Railroads
- Arizona Central Railway (AZCR)
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- Verde Canyon Railroad (AZCR)
Design
Pratt through truss
Also called
Bear Canyon RR Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.94729, -112.24838   (decimal degrees)
34°56'50" N, 112°14'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/386007/3867909 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Perkinsville
Inventory number
BH 56211 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 31, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • August 6, 2013: New photos from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • July 3, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge is a pratt through truss
  • May 10, 2013: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Sources 

  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com