Warm Springs Creek Bridge
View from the east
Photo taken by David Jones in September 2016
BH Photo #365618
“Convict labor built the first reinforced concrete bridges in Montana in 1912. Only one bridge, however, was a concrete slab. The Warm Springs Creek Bridge at the Montana State Hospital in Deer Lodge County is a simple one span bridge. The bridge is 19 feet wide and 27 feet long: it has concrete wing walls and a wood sidewalk”.
“The use of convict labor for road and bridge construction was an important facet in the early attempts by the Montana counties to improve their transportation system. Montana State Penitentiary warden Frank Conley believed the experience gained by convict road builders would be useful to them once released from prison”.
“Between 1913 and 1917 the convict road gangs contributed significantly to the state’s transportation system”.
"Monuments Above The Water - Historic Bridges Of Montana" by Jon Axline. Pages 71 & 72.