Recent Colorado Comments

Post a comment Contact webmaster

Posted November 27, 2021, by Paul Plassman

I believe this is a duplicate of https://bridgehunter.com/co/pueblo/union-avenue/.

Posted November 4, 2021, by john szalay (john [dot] szalay [at] att [dot] net)

vintage image of the Hop Gulch trestle

Posted October 11, 2021, by Thomas Hash (tommyhash [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I believe this is the bridge seen in Heart’s video for “Stranded” where Nancy Wilson is singing

https://youtu.be/OeZmJOIzTUY

Posted October 9, 2021, by Luke

Geoff, the deck truss in the foreground was built by Bullen Bridge Co. in 1891 if you wanna make an entry.

Posted October 9, 2021, by Luke
Posted May 6, 2021, by William Diehl (wdiehl86 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is to be replaced with modern structure, as during normal high flows the river reaches the lower parts of the span. CDOT is currently looking for someone to claim current spans.

https://www.cpr.org/2021/05/04/free-to-a-good-home-an-83-yea...

Posted January 29, 2021, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like revival is moving along, and trains may once again go through the Tennessee Pass Tunnel.

Union Pacific has been using only its Moffat Tunnel and Wyoming routes for quite a while now, so it doesn't really need Tennessee Pass. The Tennessee Pass line has steeper grades and higher elevation, compared to the Moffat line. If Colorado Midland & Pacific can run passenger trains through Tennessee Pass, I'd like to be on board that train.

https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2020/12/31-rio-grande-...

Posted January 26, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This article discusses possible move of this bridge to South Main Square at Buena Vista, Chaffee County, Colorado.

https://arkvalleyvoice.com/bv-trustees-to-discuss-rails-hist...

Posted December 17, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Slated for replacement, available for reuse:

https://coloradosun.com/2020/12/17/free-bridge-canon-city-pa...

Posted December 5, 2020, by Anonymous

Blake Street

Posted December 5, 2020, by Matt (mpolzkill [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Blake Street

Posted December 5, 2020, by Matt (mpolzkill [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yes, maybe even you could say it started on Market: https://digital.denverlibrary.org/digital/collection/p15330c...

Posted August 30, 2020, by Bob

A few pics.

Posted April 23, 2020, by Jace (maybreak12 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Parker-Pratt bridge pictured above is not at the location listed. The pictured bridge is just northeast of the Pikes Peak International Raceway at the division of the Old Pueblo Road from Hanover Road, and crosses Little Fountain Creek, NOT the Arkansas River.

Posted April 2, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Luke for clearing that up.

Posted April 2, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Luke for clearing that up.

Posted April 2, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Luke for clearing that up.

Posted April 1, 2020, by Luke

George, the Rio Grande was the Royal Gorge route: http://www.drgw.net/info/RoyalGorgeRoute

Posted April 1, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I see in picture #2 a Royal Gorge logo behind the Rio Grande logo.Was this a name of a rail line?

Posted April 1, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I see the Rio Grande logo on the girder.Nice touch.

Posted April 1, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Awesome leaving the Rio Grande logos on the girders.

Posted April 1, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nice touch leaving the Santa Fe logos on the bridge.

Posted November 21, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Not sure about the National Register delisting. However it remains on the State Register, attached.

Posted October 31, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Picture shows two distinctly different trusses. I would be willing to bet at least one span came from a different location.

Posted September 22, 2019, by Luke

James, could you link the builder Martin added with https://bridgehunter.com/category/builder/minneapolis-steel-... like each iteration of King is linked?

More people are going to know it by the older name vs the post-1929 name used on this bridge.

Posted September 6, 2019, by Anonymous

Being used by pedestrians doesn't always mean legally open to pedestrians. :')

Posted September 6, 2019, by Jeff Platt (patandjeff322 [at] comcast [dot] net)

Closed to pedestrians, but the photograph shows people walking on the trestle. Closed or not?

Thank you.

Posted August 20, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not necessarily Nick. I have seen many state highway design ponies in Indiana from the 1930's that have them. Of course these built from angles are far less interesting as the fluted cruciform ones from the 1870's-1880's!

Posted August 20, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

1915 getting a little late for outriggers it seems

Posted August 11, 2019, by John Marvig

Considering it’s relocated, could this be an old railroad bridge? It seems to have a very similar design to this overpass in Missouri:

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/macon/crystal-avenue/

Posted August 9, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Floated under this one this past weekend on the Ark - pretty amazing monster

Posted August 9, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Coaldale thru-truss bridges literally few dozen feet from each other

Posted May 5, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Heading towards Gilman on the rail line that I was following on satellite I saw a lot of landslides on the tracks.When and if they use this rail line ever in the future they'll have some rocks and dirt to remove.

Posted May 5, 2019, by Alexander Albert (Alex [dot] Albert77 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have Front page of The Denver Post Jan 13 1946 with large photo of then silver bridge with an antique car. How can I submit that?

Posted March 14, 2019, by Curtis Hudson

This bridge was resurfaced. The original railing is gone.

Posted January 29, 2019, by Luke
Posted December 7, 2018, by Luke

I'm slowly tracking down information on the bridges.

LostBridges gives a ca. 1889 build date for the uncovered wooden Howe truss, and both the Lake City Museum and a DRGW railfan state that both the bridges were torn down in 1937

http://www.lostbridges.org/details.aspx?id=CO/06-27-U02&loc=...

http://www.lakecitymuseum.com/d-rg-railroad

http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,254044,254087#msg-...

I've yet to find a build date for the steel truss, but based on this picture: https://ngtrainpics.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/RD032-D-R... it's probably from the same era and this similar bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/co/fremont/bh72121/

A Colorado-specific trade magazine gave info for the arch and a build date for the old road, though we still have no clue about who built the pony truss.

Posted December 7, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Someone needs to write a descriptive essay about this cluster of bridges, their origins and flooding.

Posted November 19, 2018, by ............justsayin

…...Mega Smoot Jumbo Deluxe Pro Platinum WITH sprinkles.....

Posted November 19, 2018, by Luke

That's assuming, of course, that you have an account.

Posted November 19, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Right below the name of the bridge (top of the page), you should have a series of options, first one should be to upload photos. Is there nothing there?

Posted November 19, 2018, by Chris (elitedarkness [at] gmail [dot] com)

How do I add a photo to a particular bridge? I don't see that it gives me that option.

Posted September 19, 2018, by John Marvig

It looks like the 1920 date is a typo and it should be 1902. I would also agree. Perhaps the bridge was rebuilt in 1902 using secondhand material, and rebuild again in the 30s or 40s?

Posted September 18, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Clark,

I agree with your observation, those punched handhole style plates suggest a post-1930 alteration to the bridge.

Posted September 18, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The top chord and endpost construction makes me think later than 1920. Could this have been rebuilt heavily some years after relocation?

Posted September 18, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

https://books.google.com/books?id=zRRHAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA146&lpg=...

This article provides a great insight on the relocation process, including the "splitting" method used on trusses and girders. It makes specific mention of pin connected trusses rebuilt in this manner, such as this bridge.

Posted August 28, 2018, by Theresa Categoryalready (stopwastingbandwidth [at] stop [dot] com)
Posted August 28, 2018, by ......and?....

Funicular

Posted July 28, 2018, by Luke

Reiterating a comment from below, that's a different bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/co/conejos/costilla/

Posted July 28, 2018, by Bruce Brantley (brantley [dot] bruce [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's a link to an article on Lobatos Bridge. It is the southernmost crossing of the Rio Grande in Colorado.

https://cozine.com/2012-november/the-lobato-bridge/

The original picture and map location are wrong

Posted June 14, 2018, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is this possibly an old railroad bridge the company bought and reused?

Posted May 16, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Continental Divide Race Park, north of Denver near Mead.

http://www.na-motorsports.com/Tracks/CO/ContinentalDivideRP....

Continental Divide Raceways, South of Denver near Castle Rock.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_Divide_Raceways

Posted May 14, 2018, by Luke

I have no doubts about the bridge being relocated here 1999.

Several tracks have relocated bridges. Most notably Lime Rock Park's ingress/egress Bailey truss and the former Bridgehampton Race Circuit's still-extant Chevron ingress/egress Bailey bridge.

Posted May 14, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Guess your right. From looking at the photo I'd have thought that it was much older. I would avoid the contractor who paved that place. It looks at least 40 years old yet it was paved in 2000!

Posted May 14, 2018, by Luke

Forgot to comment Nice Find, JP!

Posted May 14, 2018, by Luke

This track was also named Continental Divide (After initially being called Mountain View Motorsports Park). It was at one point owned by the owner of the Utah Jazz NBA team before he abandoned this track for one near Salt Lake City.

http://www.gdecarli.it/php/circuit.php?var1=2223&var2=2

https://www.denverpost.com/2006/06/23/left-in-growths-dust/

https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/rocky-mountain/...

Posted May 14, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Continental Divide Raceways was in Castle Rock, south of Denver. I suspect that this was a go-kart track of some type.

Posted May 14, 2018, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Looking at the topographic map, the bridge may have crossed a tributary of Lake Thomas

Posted May 14, 2018, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The aerial view shows that bridge to be over one leg of an abandoned race track or auto test track so presumably the bridge was relocated there. That might be more interesting than the bridge itself.

Posted May 14, 2018, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not sure of any info on this bridge. Other then its right off the interstate and seems left to time.

Posted May 7, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Curious to the 1935 date. Where did it come from? The latest built railroad stone arch I’ve seen is 1919, but I know the design was superceddes by concrete around 1900.

Posted April 19, 2018, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Any clue about this bridge? Seems historic, but newly relocated to this place.

Posted March 10, 2018, by Jim Eager (jeager [at] sympatico [dot] ca)

In image 2 the Wewatta bridge is the one in the far distance at middle right.

Posted March 10, 2018, by Jim Eager (jeager [at] sympatico [dot] ca)

Sorry, I mixed up the compas direction of the Wewatta St bridges: The C&S bridge (removed) was to the north, the D&RGW bridge (existing) was to the south.

Posted March 10, 2018, by Jim Eager (jeager [at] sympatico [dot] ca)

You have conflated two different bridges here.

Images 1 and 2 are of the north* Wewatta St bridge, which carried the D&RGW main line across Cherry Creek to/from Denver Union Station. Image 2 was taken from the Wynkoop St bridge.

Images 3 through 8 are of the Wynkoop St bridge, which carried a D&RGW switching spur north across Cherry Creek to run along Wynkoop St.

(*The south Wewatta St bridge was removed. It carried the C&S main line across Cherry Creek to/from Denver Union Station.)

Posted February 25, 2018, by Norm Hutchins (normhutchins [at] msn [dot] comI)

I am proud of this tunnel,as I was General Superindant in charge of the tunnel drive and concreting of the tunnel for the JF Shea Co INC .It certainly had its challenges.As the Dolomites rock is some of the hardest in America

Posted February 8, 2018, by Anonymous

.

Posted February 5, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

You forgot Spamity Spam!

Posted February 5, 2018, by Monty Pontist

Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam!

Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!

Spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam.

Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam!

Spam spam spam spam!

Posted February 4, 2018, by Justin

Don't cut yourself on all that edge, boy.

Posted February 4, 2018, by KAY SWORD GUSMAO

Worst website i have ever been too, how can someone spend all their time creating a website that no one will ever see in their life. Thank you for reading this, delete your website

Posted January 20, 2018, by Daniel (dmarkofsky [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited January 20, 2018. Very cool bridge. A video in the nearby history museum of the 1965 flood shows the bridge withstanding the water. Amazing!

Posted December 11, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like a Groton Bridge Company bridge to me.

Posted December 11, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Robert,

This is exactly what I was thinking. these alterations would make sense to reduce a bridge from double to single track.

Posted December 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The vertical members are lightweight built-up members which I would anticipate seeing on an 1883 Bridge. The sway bracing is composed of large rolled beams which I would not anticipate on an 1883 bridge.

Posted December 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

For a bridge that was constructed in 1883, this one is very heavy even by railroad bridge standards.

I suspect that it might have had some parts replaced when it was moved. The portal bracing and much of the lateral bracing looks a little heavy for 1883 even though this is a railroad bridge. Railroad bridges often had portal bracing replaced as trains got taller so this would not be a surprising alteration.

Posted December 10, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to an annual report from 1883, the bridge was built double track. It appears that it was cut down in 1902 to a single track, including rebuilt portals.

Posted August 13, 2017, by Justin

Why do you post like a scene kid trapped in 2006?

Posted August 13, 2017, by Steve Zebra (steve [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is mediocre, lol hahaha laterzzz bye

Posted August 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There are quite a few bridges just off I 70 in this region. Colorado built some nice state standard trusses in the 1920s and 1930s.

Posted August 7, 2017, by Anonymous

Old Bridge just upstream

Posted August 7, 2017, by Anonymous

Modern = Not Historic, Not Notable, Not interesting

Posted July 17, 2017, by Neil Krout (kickinpony [dot] 66 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is also called the "Rainbow Bridge", by the locals. It is illuminated at night.

Posted July 9, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted April 27, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Photos are not of the correct bridge.

Posted April 23, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

The photo I had previously posted here turned out to be a picture of Tunnel 39, so I moved it there.

Posted March 3, 2017, by Gil Graham, P.E. (ggraham [at] baileybridge [dot] com)

From the pictures, it looks like someone stole the floor system. That's not good for structural stability. Very sad...

Posted December 19, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I read an article yesterday in the Reading Eagle confirming that the Winter Park express will start running January 7th.Amtrak is reporting that the trips are already sold out.Looks like snowbirds will be flocking to this resort.No pun intended.

Posted December 12, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

To be put in storage in Montezuma County. From article:

County planners said they have agreed to take the structure and plan to store it at the fairgrounds. One potential use for it is on the proposed Paths to Mesa Verde project, a proposed 17-mile nonmotorized trail connecting Cortez and Mancos to Mesa Verde National Park.

It could be used as bridge to connect the trail across U.S. Highway 160, including to the Phil’s World trail system or Southwest Colorado Community College. It may come in handy for getting the trail across McElmo Creek or irrigation canals within the proposed trail corridor, which includes both sides of the highway.

http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20161129/NEWS01/1611298...

Posted November 22, 2016, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Ski Train will resume service on January 7, 2017, running from Denver Union Station, through the Moffat Tunnel, to Winter Park Resort. It will run Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays. It will be operated by Amtrak using Amtrak equipment. https://www.amtrak.com/winterparkexpress

Posted October 28, 2016, by Joe Meesey (jmeesey [at] msn [dot] com)

Replacement pedestrian bridge under construction as of August 23, 2016.

Posted October 28, 2016, by Joe Meesey (jmeesey [at] msn [dot] com)

Replacement bridge construction has begun. Replacement will connect directly with I-70 WB exit ramp, allowing traffic to access bridge directly from I-70. Picture as of August 23, 2016.

Posted October 8, 2016, by Anonymous

Was in Glenwood this weekend and I can confirm this bridge has been torn down. New replacement is being built at this time.

Posted September 15, 2016, by Matt Lohry

Being the bridge is fairly new, it was likely designed and built to exceed new Colorado standards, which I believe are 40 tons for single-axle vehicles and 42.5 tons for multi-axle.

Posted September 14, 2016, by Aaron (rnstphns [at] yahoo [dot] com)

What is the weight restriction on this bridge

Posted September 13, 2016, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited in July 2016 and took some pictures. Track appears somewhat maintained, with evidence a hi-rail vehicle has been through here recently. So UPRR has not completely abandoned this line (yet). However all signal systems have been dismantled. The south portal is easily reached on a public county road, from US 24 just south of the pass.

Posted July 4, 2016, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)
Posted July 4, 2016, by Laura (Epeegrrll [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I don't think this is the correct info for Lobatos bridge (wrong picture too, as noted above). The Lobatos bridge is one lane, wood surfaced, enclosed by the supports and black in color. I'm searching for the weight limit and bridge dimensions, so if anyone can help update the record, I appreciate it. (Picture by "abravebrian" http://www.panoramio.com/m/photo/30971042)

Posted March 11, 2016, by Luke

Nice find, J.P.!

Posted March 11, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

1887 railroad bridge rehabbed and used to bypass a 1924 bridge.....