I have learned that this bridge was formerly a Route 66 bridge before being located here. State Register Nomintion Documents confirmed builder and previous location. Thanks to Susie Hart and Steven Moffson from SHPO/New Mexico Historic Preservation Division for the assistance.
Also just to clear up any confusion, the old comment below on this page was mistakenly posted for another bridge.
This bridge was in the Longmire episode "Counting Coup" where David Ridges confronted Branch Connally and then escaped by jumping into the river. In the story it was called "Pike's" bridge.
historicaerials shows an ATSF spur here up until the mid-50s
http://www.abandonedrails.com/Hot_Springs_Branch shows a filing for abandonment in late 1936.
That was my thoughts as well.
Looks like a very old former railroad bridge to me.
This Blogspot post mentions a book about a supposed UFO crash that says that it is, then cites the NMDOT to prove that it isn't: http://kevinrandle.blogspot.com/2013/02/aztec-in-perspective...
I couldn't find much of anything else on it, though.
Was this originally a RR bridge?
Is this bridge on private property?
I do believe this is used in the tv show Longmire. They call it Pikes Bridge, supposedly set in Wyoming, but filmed in New Mexico. Nifty!
my father jose oscar ortega worked on the tunnel and we have photos of it and the workers any one having intrest may contact joe at 575-430-2369 in alamogordo nm
Driving down from Albuquerque to Las Cruces in Jun 2015 I noticed this bridge is no longer there. There had been some major highway work done on this section of IH-25 and they must have removed they bridge at that time.
just north of the pony truss there are concrete abutments for the bridge that ostensibly preceded this one over Sandy Wash on the National Old Trails Road.
I think this bridge is actually located at 35.6804917,-105.923392.
I have visited this area since 1990. The bridge looks much the same but has shown some aging. Any idea what year it was built?
New update posted on Flickr.
This bridge was on the ATSF (Later BNSF) Railroad route between Clovis, NM and Pecos, TX. The track south of Loving, NM, including this bridge, was abandoned in December of 2001.
Possibly on the San Juan extension of the D&RGW between Chama and Durango. The train passed over 3 or 4 bridges until, the rails were removed in 1970. 2 or 3 of the bridges were truss bridges with v braces.
Possibly on Farmington Branch out of Carbon Junction on Denver & Rio Grande Western. Carbon Junction was a split of railroad outside of Durango, left leg went to Chama, NM and the right leg went to Farmington, through Aztec, I have a 16mm film of the Grande on a bridge that looked just like this bridge in the 1960s, line rebuilt in 1923, and wooden trestles replaced soon after, 1929, is soon after, this is a bridge probably replacing a wooden trestle.
Built 1951 height 180 ft
source American Bridge (builder) website
I just added a bridge to the site that was used by the same railroad grade as this one, just a few miles north in Colorado:
It looks like this bridge is open for private use only.
Going by Bing Maps http://binged.it/rLwg85 it appears the bridge has been abandoned.
I concur with Matt...all signs point to a railroad span that may have been retrofitted for road use.
From the satellite view, it's possible that the bridge was converted for road use, but I'm quite certain that it was initially a rail bridge--it appears to be pin-connected with very heavy upper chords and doubled-up diagonals. The flooring system consists of two inner girders (parallel with the main trusses and joined with very large "V-lacing", essentially. The flooring configuration is not typical of a bridge initially designed for vehicular use.
Finally, the old ROW is visible in both directions and has long straight sections with very slight, gentle curves that cover long distances, like typical railroad layouts.
This bridge seems to be apart of an old road (Rd 2125) but it seems to also be an old railroad bridge. Someone please help here. The approaches to the bridge seem to be taken out.
From the looks of Google Earth this bridge seems to be open to traffic, but there is no NBI data for it. Any help will be welcome.
I looked at the bridge next to the Walking Bridge and saw that it is now a canal aqueduct over the river. I tried to find more info about it but can't find anything at the moment. I also found another truss bridge just west of here, which is the old US 550 Bridge. It is a parker truss and has pony truss approaches. I have added both bridges on the site, but need more info. So anyone wanting to help, please do so.
This is a good find, but I am also looking at the silver bridge beside it. That one looks like a potential Bedstead through truss, which would be a very rare find.
Bridge is open to only small vehicle use.
Interesting story and great pics. I wonder how long ago that stretch of road was used last?
What I do not understand is that this bridge is not listed on the NBI database. The road is still very much active, in fact, I drove across this bridge when I was in NM in 2009. The bridge is long enough to be on the NBI. So, if anyone can explain this, I would be grateful. I imagine that this bridge was built in the late 20's or early 30's since this is an original route of US 66.
I finally found some images and information about this nationally significant concrete truss bridge within a fantastic half hour documentary about New Mexico's historic bridges. I highly recommend watching the documentary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebm3OjD-9z0
What is odd about this bridge is for some reason it is noted on USGS Topographical maps as "Historical Bridge" It is rare that a bypassed bridge is noted on such a map.
These old Route 66 bridges bring back a lot of memories of life before I-40.
I remember going from Tennessee to California on 66, and frequently having to pull over to let 18-wheelers have the bridges before us.
It might be the South Canadian River Bridge, but the official (USGS) name of the river is just Canadian River.
The trestle restoration is underway for any bridge enthusiasts in the area. We should be done by December, 2009!
Contract by Osmose.
Man this bridge is da bomb
More links on this bridge are available here:
This bridge was disassembled and moved to the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. It now spans the Tortugas Arroyo and was dedicated today.