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US 24 Black Squirrel Creek Bridge



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Lost through truss bridge over Black Squirrel Creek on US 24 near Peyton
El Paso County, Colorado
Built 1935; demolished 2012
Riveted, 8-panel Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 226.0 ft.
Deck width: 29.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.6 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 2002
Also called
Green Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.00410, -104.51309   (decimal degrees)
39°00'15" N, 104°30'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/542160/4317343 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
CDOT H-18-A (Colorado Dept. of Transportation structure number)
NRHP 02001158 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 11852 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.3 (out of 100)
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8-panel truss (589)
Built 1935 (1,495)
Built during 1930s (12,247)
Colorado (749)
El Paso County, Colorado (24)
Have street view (29,890)
Lost (29,975)
Lost 2012 (410)
Lost during 2010s (3,640)
NR-listed (3,015)
Owned by state (16,648)
Parker through truss (1,421)
Parker truss (1,816)
Riveted (2,644)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,495)
Through truss (17,848)
Total length 175-250 feet (4,594)
Truss (36,745)
US 24 (49)

Update Log 

  • April 22, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 8, 2012: Updated by Ben Tate: Changed to "lost" per comment section
  • June 22, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • April 26, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • July 9, 2008: New photos from James McCray



US 24 Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted December 17, 2021, by Allen Schmidt (allenschmdt [at] gmail [dot] com)

I used to live on Tracy lane back in the late 70's early 80's. I played in the cells under the bridge, we used to try to catch the pigeons in there. We would also play on the old crushed cars under the railroad bridge. My step dad actually dug the septic tank and field lines with a shovel back then. I have good memories out there.

Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted June 14, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I noticed that the old streetview is gone. The current view shows the nearly completed new bridge, and traffic using a temporary bridge.

Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted March 11, 2012, by jackwooten (jsackwooten37 [at] YAHOO

sorry about bridge, I AM in battle to save a national landmark at HALETOWNtn the old MARION MEMORIAL BRIDGE


Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted March 8, 2012, by Jerry (csbrewfisher [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Alas, the bridge is now gone, a victim of modernization.

Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted October 12, 2011, by Desiree Schultz (desiree [dot] eph210 [at] q [dot] com)

I have just gotten wind that our "green bridge" is scheduled for demolition. I know it is a very late hour, but I am willing to volunteer my time and energy to see what ideas might be viable for its reuse (maybe in a town park right on Hwy 24 in Peyton.) However, I know that I cannot accomplish anything fast enough on my own, so PLEASE contact me if you are willing to join with me to see how far we can go in trying to save it.

Desiree Schultz


Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted June 20, 2011, by Jillian Mitchell (imwoozy [at] msn [dot] com)

According to Wikipedia the bridge did indeed house prisoners, and they are said to have been WWII German POW. I do not know if this claim is true, but the prisoners building the bridge and doing other work in the are seems to be a pretty solid idea throughout our local history. I have contacted several agencies to see if they can offer any advice or assistance in saving our "Green Bridge." I think that if it cannot be saved functionally then to just bypass it and allow it to stay where it is so that we may all continue to enjoy it would be best.

Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted May 30, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good to see some information concerning the jail cells. I have driven over this bridge, but have not had a chance to stop and look at the cells. I know of no other bridge with this feature.

Even if one is not interested in bridges, the drive from Limon to Colo. Springs on 24 is awesome - especially as Pikes Peak comes into view.

Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted May 30, 2011, by Debbie (ryry9609 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yes I think the bridge should be repaired and not replaced as a part of history, it is quite unique. My family & I stopped to see it about 2-3yrs ago, I had never heard of it until my husband told me. I was born & raised in C.S. I wonder if more people knew about it, they would want to keep it as well. The cells are still there as are the bars on the windows, the cells are just full of sand.

Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted March 20, 2011, by Jeanette

I found a website that confirms the bridge will be replaced and they are looking to find it a new home. I wish they would just fix it since it indicates that it just needs to be fixed up. This bridge sits in a lot of people's hearts.


Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2011, by Jeanette

I sure hope so. The article said the estimate of the project is $4,700,000.

Save the bridge!

Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well now....here's something you don't see everyday...... an historic bridge with jail cells built into the abutments!

I would like to think that the completely unique story behind this span would be enough to merit retaining it as an historic site.......wouldn't it????

Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2011, by Jeanette

It was fun playing in those jail cells as kids and walking across the railroad tracks. Let me tell you it was tricky climbing in them. I read an article that they will be starting work on this bridge in the fall of 2011. It will be sad if they fully replace the bridge and take out the jail cells.

Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted August 26, 2009, by Catie Hunt (regan516 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I grew up in this area and had always heard rumors about this bridge. It was called the prison bridge by the locals. There had always been rumors that the prisoners were left in their cells all night and that at one time there was a flood that had killed many of the prisoners. I don't know if the stories are true but it definatly makes for a more interesting story.

Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted September 27, 2006, by Scott Beetham (sbeetham [at] msn [dot] com)

The rumor that prisoners lived in cells under the bridge is true. My grandfather who lived in Amo, Colorado (a ghost town that use to be located at the corner of present day Curtis Rd. and Highway 94) told me the story many times as we passed over the bridge on the way to Calhan. As a young man he was a coal miner working some of the areas mines and did odd construction jobs as well. He told me that he did some sort of project work either on the bridge or near it and remembered seeing the chain gang that built it and the cells that were built directly beneath it to house the prisoners. The bridge is located on Highway 24 between the towns of Falcon and Peyton. Not sure if the cells are still there, it was rumored that they had to be torn out because kids were playing in them, but my grandfather did stop once when I was about 8 or 9 years old and showed them to me. It sounds like they are still there, it's nice to see that history still counts for something.

Black Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted April 17, 2006, by tara clark (donandtara27 [at] adelphia [dot] net)

I would be very interested in any history you may have on this bridge. It is near our home and is very unique. There are what appear to be jail cells on both ends under the structure. They are large rooms with concrete walls and one small barred window on each side.Towns people rumor that it was built by prisoners who used to be left in these cells at the end of the day rather than transporting them all back to town. Any info would be great!