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C&TS - Ferguson's Trestle

Map 

Description 

The original trestle was likely a late 1800s bridge, but the original bridge burned in 1988 during the filming of the TV movie "Where The Hell's That Gold?" when a planned explosion set the bridge afire.

The names " Ferguson's Trestle" and "Hangman's Trestle" stem from the hanging of Mr. Ferguson of Anotnito, Colorado, who was hung from the bridge for an unknown capital crime. According to the lore, those responsible for the hanging commandeered a locomotive out of the Antonito Yard and ran it out to the trestle which was the first structure suitable to hang him from.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge on Railroad
Location
Conejos County, Colorado
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1989 to original specs.
Railroads
- Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TS)
- Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (DRGW)
Also called
Hangman's Trestle
Cross Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.02544, -106.08450   (decimal degrees)
37°01'32" N, 106°05'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/403536/4098244 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Antonito
Inventory number
BH 55556 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 13, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke