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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.

Posted July 5, 2018, by Overland (overland [dot] 20 [dot] thedon [at] spamgourmet [dot] com)

I recall the first time I stumbled across the old bridge at Percha Creek. The rock face of the gorge seem to be suspended in space, and had resemblance to an optical illusion of sorts. I found I lost my balance if I tried to focus on the wall as I walked. This place is well worth the stop and I highly recommend it to anyone who may be traveling 152 towards Silver City.

Posted June 12, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Seems to me that this bridge likely wasn’t originally built 1924. It looks like a late 1880s or early 1890s span to me. Without knowing much about the railroad, it appears to be possible that it was relocated to this site.

Posted January 17, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Beautiful sunset on our Revive 66 Roadshow.

Posted January 16, 2018, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I must say I've always found the 1999 replacement date on the sign a little confusing. On a rt. 66 trip in the fall of 2000 I made a video of myself and a friend crossing this bridge while the new bridge was still under construction.

Posted November 6, 2017, by Rhys Martin (rhysfunk [at] gmail [dot] com)

Beautiful location!

Posted September 25, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

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.

Posted April 16, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

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.

Posted January 23, 2017, by Luke

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.

Posted January 23, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That was my thoughts as well.

Posted January 23, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like a very old former railroad bridge to me.

Pruitt Bridge (New Mexico)
Posted January 14, 2017, by Luke

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.

Pruitt Bridge (New Mexico)
Posted January 14, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Was this originally a RR bridge?

Posted June 17, 2016, by Dave (potiukd [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is this bridge on private property?

Posted February 6, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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!

US 82 Tunnel (New Mexico)
Posted July 20, 2015, by ortega joe (chatita5 [at] netzero [dot] net com)

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

Posted July 16, 2015, by Ron Brown (ronald [at] totacc [dot] com)

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.

Posted February 20, 2015, by M K (mak_nas [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Posted July 4, 2014, by Wallace Bow (wjbow [at] wallacebow [dot] com)

I think this bridge is actually located at 35.6804917,-105.923392.

Posted May 16, 2014, by Steven B Conrad (sbconrad23 [at] gmail [dot] com)

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?

Posted September 22, 2013, by Steve Vaughn (stephen [dot] vaughn [at] att [dot] net)
Posted June 15, 2013, by Brian Parkinson (railstoruin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Posted March 31, 2013, by Jacob (jwoods484 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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.

Posted March 31, 2013, by Jacob (jwoods484 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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.

Posted March 11, 2012, by Keith Sherwood (keith [at] virtualsherwoods [dot] com)

Built 1951 height 180 ft

source American Bridge (builder) website

http://www.americanbridge.net/experience/experience_detail.p...

Posted November 20, 2011, by Matt Lohry

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:

http://bridgehunter.com/co/la-plata/bh50266/

It looks like this bridge is open for private use only.

Posted November 20, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Going by Bing Maps http://binged.it/rLwg85 it appears the bridge has been abandoned.

Posted November 17, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I concur with Matt...all signs point to a railroad span that may have been retrofitted for road use.

Nice bridge!

Posted November 17, 2011, by Matt Lohry

James,

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.

Posted November 17, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Posted November 17, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Walking Bridge (New Mexico)
Posted November 17, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Walking Bridge (New Mexico)
Posted November 17, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

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.

Posted November 16, 2011, by kingbee (wd5afr [at] juno [dot] com)

Bridge is open to only small vehicle use.

Posted November 15, 2011, by Wayne DeMunn (waynemegaman [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interesting story and great pics. I wonder how long ago that stretch of road was used last?

Posted March 26, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Posted March 10, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

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

Posted March 9, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

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.

Posted July 15, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Posted April 29, 2010, by Andrew Monie (andrew [dot] monie [at] state [dot] nm [dot] us)

It might be the South Canadian River Bridge, but the official (USGS) name of the river is just Canadian River.

Posted August 21, 2009, by Eric Dillingham (edillingham [at] fs [dot] fed [dot] us)

The trestle restoration is underway for any bridge enthusiasts in the area. We should be done by December, 2009!

Contract by Osmose.

Posted March 31, 2008, by Raul Lopez (ibwrestling90 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Man this bridge is da bomb

Posted February 6, 2008, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)
Posted October 20, 2007, by Scott Green (scott [dot] green [at] state [dot] nm [dot] us)

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.