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Pecos River Bridge


Published prior to 1923

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BH Photo #411808



Lost Pony truss bridge over Pecos River on Sumner Avenue
Fort Sumner, De Baca County, New Mexico
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1914; replaced 1958
Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 50.0 ft.
Total length: 1,008.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.47335, -104.26131   (decimal degrees)
34°28'24" N, 104°15'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/567836/3814889 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fort Sumner West
Inventory number
BH 79531 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 24, 2017: Added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com


Pecos River Bridge
Posted December 9, 2018, by Michael Horne (mdhorne [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

This is to update some information regarding this entry.

The bridge shown in the picture was called the Lower Abo Pass highway bridge. This was built in 1914 or so, but was located about three miles SOUTH of Fort Sumner. The Abo Pass highway (later US 60) did not go through town at this time, but routed south from the east side of Fort Sumner to this crossing, then going west to join the Santa Fe RR tracks into Yeso, the next town west.

In 1926-7, a new bridge was built in Fort Sumner itself, and the highway was rerouted through town and straight west to Yeso. This new bridge was a standard(?) truss bridge over a much narrower stretch of river. THIS bridge was the one located where specified in the map/writeup above, was located just a short distance west of the current Pecos crossing.

The 'old' bridge south of town (pictured) was destroyed in a flood in 1930. The new bridge was closed and condemned in March of 1958 after being hit by an oversized truck load, and the current bridge was quickly built at this time. The old abutments can still be seen just to the west of the present bridge.