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State Bridge


State Bridge in Eagle County Colorado

View from southwest

Clayton B. Fraser for the NRHP, 19 Nov 1983

View this photo at image1.nps.gov

BH Photo #323913

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State Bridge (both the bridge and the community) got its name from being the first public bridge funded by the State of Colorado. It was built in 1890 by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. under a $5,790 state contract, and formed a pivotal link at the time, replacing a ferry. It is also significant as one of the first road bridges in the state, and as the last Howe Truss built in the state. After the replacement bridge was built in 1966, the south span over the main channel was removed. The remaining north span has since collapsed sometime after 1985.


Lost two-span Howe through truss bridge over Colorado River
Eagle County, Colorado
Abutments, center pier, and ruins of north span remain
Built 1890; replaced 1966 and south span removed; north span collapsed sometime after 1985.
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works of Leavenworth, Kansas [also known as Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.]
Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 204.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.2 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 24, 1985
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.85792, -106.64897   (decimal degrees)
39°51'29" N, 106°38'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/358949/4413288 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
State Bridge
Inventory numbers
NRHP 85001401 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 11849 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 3, 2015: Photo imported by Roger Deschner
  • May 1, 2015: Updated by Roger Deschner: Photos added
  • May 24, 2014: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add community name "State Bridge, Colorado"
  • April 2, 2014: New Street View added by Roger Deschner



State Bridge
Posted February 17, 2014, by Roger Deschner

The lodge at State Bridge, Colorado has been rebuilt, and it now hosts music festivals on its grounds in the summer. The piers of the old bridge were still visible in the river in 2012.

State Bridge
Posted October 13, 2007, by Greg Black (gregoryb [at] aol [dot] com)

There is a modern bridge, which replaced the old state bridge. There was a Lodge there, which burned down earlier this year (2007), but the cabin that Teddy Roosevelt stayed in still survived. You can see some of the old timbers which formed the bridge on the North Bank, as well as the concrete support structures still in place in the river.