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Blythe Bridge


Blythe Bridge

Historical postcard

Submitted by Craig Philpott

BH Photo #184135


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Colorado River on/near current location of US Hwy 10
Blythe, Riverside County, California, and La Paz County, Arizona
Replaced by new bridge
Truss bridge in same location of current highway bridge
Five unit Pratt Through Truss on concrete piers.
Also called
Colorado River Bridge Blythe
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.60471, -114.53092   (decimal degrees)
33°36'17" N, 114°31'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/729092/3721061 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 46740 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 15, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 24, 2020: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 31, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott



Blythe Bridge
Posted February 5, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Definitely looks like the Blythe bridge to me. I've found that postcard labels don't have a super great record for accuracy...I'm puzzling over a bridge right now in Maine with the same problem.

Blythe Bridge
Posted February 5, 2022, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

This postcard is clearly labelled as the Bridge at Needles carrying 66-95 across the Colorado River. But it looks like the Blythe Bridge and no bridge is shown in Needles on 1950 topos.

Blythe Bridge
Posted September 19, 2016, by Tyler McMillin (tyler-0030 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There is a photo in a Palo Verde Valley Times 1961 newspaper featuring the dismantling of the bridge. The main reason was to make room for the widening of the bridge (or a span as it says) in the future. Also in the caption, the local Chamber of Commerce asked the highway department to save the bridge for "foot or equine travel", but that got denied unfortunately.