A shout out to Jeff Nelson...awesome job. Glad to see communities embracing their heritage and not destroying the past for the sake of convenience or budget. Kudos to you, the team and all parties who drove this project forward!
The project is 100% complete and a grand success. The project won an award with the APWA for Engineering and Construction.
I give a personal THANK YOU to all of the successful team, who contributed,
Jeff Nelson (Project Manager)
Assistant County Engineer
UP maintains this line yet does not use it. Not only on this site, but multiple others I have read is reports that they still send hy-rails down it at least once a year to clear rocks, grown brush and even a couple railcars of replacement ballast have been run and dropped in some areas. Also, all railroad grade crossing signals and etc. are maintained and upkept. The only thing on this line that does not function is the ancient block signals due to years of robbing parts to repair other lines.
THEORY: UP is obviously keeping this line in decent shape for a reason, either for a possible spike in business from high coal demand and insane traffic, or just simply a backup. Think about it, the Moffat tunnel is 6.5 miles long, what would UP do if something obstructed the Moffat route, such as a cave in? they would HAVE to resort to this line, its kinda like insurance.
Above all, at least they don't let it fall into disrepair. Being that the same company (Southern Pacific) that owned this line prior to the merger also owned the poorly maintained CRI&P KC-St Louis route for 16 years after recieving it, did absolutely nothing and allowed it to fully return to nature and in the end result, leaving UP with an unusable, decomposed line that would cost hundreds of millions to rebuild, yet if only cleared/checked once a year, would still be in OK shape and could be restored for far less.
Either way, point being: this line is not abandoned and maintained for a reason, otherwise they would not continue throwing money at it. There is some kind of an agenda for this line.....
I noticed Brent Tindall has adjusted GPS coordinates for quite a bit of entries lately. At first I wondered if there was an angle he was pursuing. Perhaps maybe he wanted to draw attention to something.
I think he's probably just making it so the pin is right on the bridge and not say on a reef off of the Bahamas. Some of the coordinates can be way off.
That's not to say looking around I have not found anything.
I was searching the bridge inventory for the five breakaway counties forming the state/country/kingdom of Northern Colorado. There are a few interesting ones that I added. Some rail lines pass through and there might be opportunities for rail buffs like Luke or Marvig to scan the terrain for crossings. One is present in this street view.
No the house is abandoned according to local records.
Did you know Wiki does not recognize any info on this bridge?
The eastbound tunnel is currently under major reconstruction to widen it to 3 lanes. http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/i70twintunnels
What a relief to discover that CDOT had carefully rehabilitated these nice old bridges in 2011-12, instead of replacing them. It was such a good restoration that it had me fooled when I stopped and photographed them in June.
I just crossed these bridges in June 2013. Both original bridges are very much intact, with no evidence of construction activity to replace them, despite CDOT's schedule to replace them starting in 2011. Perhaps they figured they had higher priorities than a couple of bridges with 47.9 sufficiency ratings, very light traffic, and an alternate route for high-clearance vehicles via mainline US 50.
Traffic has just been shifted to the new bridge, even though construction work continues, Demolition of the historic truss bridge should commence soon.
I noticed that the old streetview is gone. The current view shows the nearly completed new bridge, and traffic using a temporary bridge.
This bridge was damaged by fire on 11 June, 2013. See link below: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2013/06/12/fire-damages-royal-gorge-bridge-in-colorado/
This bridge has been demolished and replaced
I have some tunnels in my inventory.
Let me sell you this tunnel.
Is the house inhabited?
This bridge is no more ... but on the plus side why not commemorate it with a sign post outside a visitor's centre? And save a pile of the scrapped metal for use in art projects?
A snippet: "The new sign details the history of the bridge. 'The Eagle River Bridge was one of the first of its kind in Colorado,'"
And this: “We are using it in kind of a decorative way because it's a good way to preserve the history of the bridge,” said town engineer Tom Gosiorowski.
sorry about bridge, I AM in battle to save a national landmark at HALETOWNtn the old MARION MEMORIAL BRIDGE
BUT CAN GET NO RESPONCE FROM ANYONE,guess they have more money than me it is a 22.5 MILLION tax DELIMA, THIS BRIDGE DOES NOT DESERVE THE FATE GIVEN IT JUST CLOSED WAITING FOR DESTRUCTION
Alas, the bridge is now gone, a victim of modernization.
Ckecking a couple topo maps, this apperas to be Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (later Southern Pacific, now Union Pacific Railroad)
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.
It was at one time...
How can a "Lost" bridge be "Open to Traffic"???
As a young child in the 1960's my school bus crossed the Prowers Bridge twice a day on the way to and the way back from school in the little town of McClave, Colorado. The bridge was one lane and seemed very rickety and scary but still survived the great floods of 1921 and 1965.
Hello! This bridge is definitely one of my favorite places in the Springs; it's very peaceful and definitely photogenic.
I discovered this bridge thanks to Google Street View. Bing Maps has great Bird's Eye imagery of it.
Interestingly, the large Parker span is over dry land while the much smaller Pratt truss spans the Arkansas River.
Nathan says, "There is no word in the English language to describe how stupid and wasteful this is."
Actually, there is a single word that sums up those thoughts succinctly:
Wow, it sure must be nice to live in Colorado. While other states are struggling to balance their budget and dealing with serious issues ranging from funding our nation's schools, to filling potholes on roads, and while our nation's debt crisis is in the headlines, the state of Colorado has so much spare change laying around it can afford to demolish a bridge just for the sake of demolishing it... a bridge that looks like it is in excellent shape and at worst only needs a minor rehabilitation to continue serving vehicular traffic, and likely could serve pedestrians for half a century in its current condition.
There is no word in the English language to describe how stupid and wasteful this is.
This bridge is going to be demolished and no new bridge will be constructed. The letting for the project is on August 4th. All the information for the removal is at http://www.springsgov.com/rfp.aspx. It's too bad the bridge is being removed but at least they are not building a UCEB, for now anyways.
It took me three years to finally upload this bridge. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
This bridge is under the famous Royal Gorge Bridge and in my opinion is more interesting than the suspension bridge, from an engineering standpoint.
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.
I sure hope so. The article said the estimate of the project is $4,700,000.
Save the bridge!
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????
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.
Photo of bridge on flickr
Link to a photo of a bridge, it now carries a pipeline
I was wondering if there might be a set plans for the bridge?
Webmaster, could a category be created (or is there one already) for these fine Luten arch bridges. It would be great to be able to see them as a group.
Gross. That new bridge is nasty. I certainly sympathize with anyone who had a constant view of the old bridge, and now have to look at this monstrosity.
The Satank Bridge rehablitation project is 90% complete. My team of professionals performed above and beyond to make this project a success.
My apology, but this won't relate to bridges. But I wanted to share with you all a map I created of how Aulne, Kansas will look like in the future hopefully. Aulne is a very small town that is close to Marion. It has a church, an old bank that was built in 1909, and it has about eleven houses. I've been through this little town very many times in my life. Ever since I was eight years old, my mind created an imagination about Aulne becoming a bigger city. On Google Maps, I created the map of my imagination in the future. Click on this link to view my map I created:
My family and I lived right next to this bridge in the late 70's to mid 80's. I have many happy memories on and around that beautiful bridge.
I'm writing my memiors and was looking for another bridge. I saw this one listed and clicked. I have many memories of this area and of this bridge. I wish I had photos but only memories.
If this bridge is successfully marketed and preserved, that is great. But if this bridge is not successfully marketed and is demolished, this will be extremely stupid on the part of Colorado. This is a bridge which could be rehabilitated for continued vehicular use. And I don't think I need to point out that Colorado isn't one of those states that is bulging with hundreds of truss bridges. Actually, the NBI shows that Colorado is one of those states that has less than 100 truss bridges in the entire state.
This looks like it would be REALLY dangerous with that curve in it.
With truss bridges from this period in the 20th Century, the differences you see from state to state are generally because each state had its own set of standard plans for truss bridges. The design thus varies from state to state.
Some states seem to have a preference for specific designs of truss bridges. Colorado built a lot of Parker trusses both through and pony, often with concrete approaches. These bridges are frequently painted green, indicating that they receive some maintenance. Aside from the demolition of this bridge, Colorado appears to have a good track record for HB preservation.
Looks like one of the bridges got swapped for an UCEB....
A section of this bridge was rebuilt several years ago to include a pedestrian tunnel. I'll get a photo.
this information SUCKS
My Grandparents lived in Prowers, CO in 1903-1905, they had relation in Granada,CO, Kansas, and Rocky Ford, CO so I can just imagine them going across the Prowers Bridge many times in a horse and buggy.
My Grandfather, John Callahan was one of the workers who helped build this bridge. Needless to say, it is quite a landmark for our family. We try to get there every couple of years. The bridge has been used for commercials on TV and featured a bungee jumper, falling off the bridge. We were there when they were filming and found they could not jump from the bridge, so they used a crane next to the bridge which with modern photography made it look as though the person was jumping from the bridge. We do have some photos of the bridge being built which were taken by my GF, but they are highly protected by my father. I will attempt to get them one day and make copies to post. They are very interesting pictures, some of which he took while working.
A very unique and rare structure. Hopefully it will get the full rehabilitation it deserves.
the satank bridge is currently going through the rehabilitation process. if the bocc approves the funding it will be fully rehabilitated as a historic structure. chs has approved grant funding for this project.
This bridge burned in a wildfire on the Colorado plains on April 15, 2008. Two firefighters died on their way to defend the town of Ordway from the flames when the truck plunged over the abutment, obscured by smoke. It has been replaced.
Those are Bailey trusses which have been added to bypass the load-supporting function of the original trusses. Bailey trusses often to have a slight sag in the deck, this is usually normal. The Baileys were likely added because they found the bridge deteriorating. The Bailey trusses may be the result of a cheap preservation solution or a last ditch effort to keep the bridge in service while demo plans are sought.
A nearby historical plaque says: “This bridge was built in 1906 of Manitou greenstone. Manitou Springs still has most of its greenstone bridges, which replaced rustic wooden bridges. Greenstone was quarried around Manitou Springs from approximately 1890 to 1940 and is found only in this area. A Colorado Department of Transportation survey determined this bridge is the oldest and longest span (21' 5") of its type in the state. This bridge, and the almost identical Park Avenue Bridge (1907) located west of Soda Springs Park, feature semi-circular arches and decorative, recessed benches on each side. They remain architecturally and structurally intact and are still in use. The Canon Avenue and Park Avenue Bridges were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.”
Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.
A nearby historical plaque says: “This bridge was built in 1907 of Manitou greenstone. Manitou Springs still has most of its greenstone bridges, which replaced rustic wooden bridges. Greenstone was quarried around Manitou Springs from approximately 1890 to 1940 and is found only in this area. A Colorado Department of Transportation survey notes this bridge and the almost identical Canon Avenue Bridge (1906), located at the intersection of Lovers Lane and Canon Avenue, are the only bridges of rubble construction in Colorado built by labor other than the Works Project Administration. Both bridges feature semi-circular arches and decorative, recessed benches on each side. They remain architecturally and structurally intact and are still in use. The Park Avenue and Canon Avenue Bridges were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.”
Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.
This is the first time that I've seen the bridge named as the Grand Junction State Bridge. Family tradition says my great grandfather rode his bike off the "Fifth Street Bridge" in September of 1902. He fell about 18 feet to stone buttment then onto the rocks below, puncturing his lungs. He died three days later. We know so little of this man. I'm glad someone actually documented the proper name for the bridge. These photos make so much more sense than the Fifth Street Bridge. Much appreciated.
My grandfather, Cecil W. Houlton, began working on this bridge project by unloading rock wagons but eventually was promoted to boss over the project until he opted to leave the project to run for a County Commissioner's position.
There is a photo of the bridge at http://www.secoloradoheritage.com/about-our-heritage/DouglasCrossingBridgeWh.jpg/image
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.
You have only one life to live, so see all you can by traveling west. Tresure it for the rest of you retirement.
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The abutments and superstructure were replaced in 2008, but the trusses were kept (for decorative puroposes only)
Those are some stunning pictures of just how beautiful that bridge and it's surroundings were. Seeing that ugly slab in it's place must be depressing.
I wondered if you wanted a photo of the original 1925 Nyberg bridge which is below our property.
The Tennessee Pass line was last officially used August of 1997. The UPRR filed for abandonment and proceded to withdraw it shortly thereafter. Although they don't use the line it is maintained somewhat and hyrail trucks travel the line every so often.
There was a book published on this, called Apline Tunnel. I used to have a copy. I will try to find more info and post.
I am doing a project on the red cliff and i cant find as much information as i need to
My husband Jim and I had to stop to admire and take some pics of this bridge when we visited Leadville August 2008. It was a little scary driving over. I will ask Jim to add the photos later.
Just a quick note. This is the highest bridge in the Colorado highway system to date.
Here is a quote from http://www.victorcolorado.com/thingstodo.htm .
"Arequa Gulch Bridge
Just to Victor’s west on Highway 67 you will cross the highest bridge on the Colorado State Highway system. The bridge across Arequa Gulch was built in 2000-2001 as part of a highway realignment project to accommodate the expansion of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company’s (CC&V) valley fill facility. CC&V financed the design and construction.
Completed in just 11 months, the $18 million realignment project is one of the largest highway projects in the state to be financed completely with private dollars.
The new roadway is 1.9 miles long, replacing a 1.8-mile segment. The most spectacular part of the project is a 1,218-foot long bridge over Arequa Gulch. The bridge, which is 250 feet tall at its highest point, is the tallest bridge of Colorado's 8,479 bridges on the state highway system. The bridge provides travelers with unparalleled views of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range.
A portion of the project also involved building a scenic pullout area that enables travelers to view the mountain range and the valley far below. These are views which have never before available from the highway. At the pullout is the trailhead for the Little Grouse Mountain Tail, a project of CC&V, interpreted by the Southern Teller County Focus Group as part of its Trails of Gold project. The trail winds up the mountain to a summit with a 360-degree view of the western and southern mountains as well as nearby mountaintops."
This bridge is set for replacement at the end of the summer of 2008.
The Engineer was named George E. (Elmer) Cole; not George F. He was my grandfather; so I'm quite sure.
My father in laws helped build this arch. I found this website through the recent cleanup of graffitti that a boy scout group did. I sent them a thank you as this holds wonderful memories for my husband as well as me. I have a picture where he is standing below the scaffling. the props for the forming of the Archway were cut by my father in law and drug off of Dochter Saw mill which now belongs to us. The shed sitting there was at the sawmill. What history!
The road was built with skids and a team of mules. My father in Laws mule team. I think his brother helped also. He would be Bill Feister. My Father in Law was Dennis Feister. My husband could tell more. This is the road to our high pasture fields. We live below the arch and forest off 21.7
This area holds alot of history. I wish he could be here today to tell you the stories of this area. All summer we pass through this arch. Every year new graffitti is put on it. It was wonderful to drive through this fall and see nothing but the beuaty that the kids left us with.
I was in Colorado visiting my son. We wanted to make a trip to Leadville and in spite of the snow and wind, decided to try it. About 8 miles outside of Minturn, we decided we should turn back. There it was-- the beautiful Red Cliff Bridge. We didn't make it to Leadville, but we were lucky to get to see the beautiful bridge. I'm anxious to return in good weather so we can enjoy the view!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
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.
That is nice. They have a wooden pony truss in Jasper, GA that this bridge reminds me of.
You're right, it really is something completely different. It's so decorative and relatively elaborate. I wonder why they bothered with such an elaborate wooden structure in what seems like a relatively remote area. If it was down-town, I could see it, but out there...why bother? Interesting.
Something completely different ! Very nice !
Living a few hours away, we go over this bridge 2 -3 times a year on motorcycle trips.
It's a fantastic looking bridge, so as a pro photographer, I created a fine landscape photo of it in it's present condition.
Note my buddy's bike on his trailer behind the silver truck. He's on the left AND the right bridge deck.Gee, how'd that happen?
Rob of the Springs, CO.
Looking at this bridge makes our "bouncing" steel arch [deck pratt truss] seem ALOT safer and less scary!!! PS I rather enjoy the bouncing!!!!