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Old NM 65 Gallinas Creek Bridge

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Old NM 65 Gallinas Creek Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in December 2016

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

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Description 

Can't find in NBI, the deck appears to be in good shape, by the looks of the land, it could've been an old alignment of highway 65 possibly abandoned in 1988 when the bridge on the new alignment was built

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Gallinas Creek on former alignment of highway 65 possibly
Location
San Miguel County, New Mexico
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Railroad
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.65435, -105.28860   (decimal degrees)
35°39'16" N, 105°17'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/473875/3945650 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Montezuma
Elevation
6750 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 69066 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 22, 2017: New photos from C Hanchey
  • August 3, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 5, 2015: Added by Elliott Johnson

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Old NM 65 Gallinas Creek Bridge
Posted December 3, 2019, by Anonymous

John has previously found a truss in Colorado that was referred to in the chart as a lattice girder, leading me to believe it to be a clerical error on the Santa Fe's part.

Old NM 65 Gallinas Creek Bridge
Posted December 3, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

1916 Santa Fe Railway bridge records list this as the Hot Springs branch. A 103' "lattice girder" built in 1900 is reported on the route. Although not listed as a through truss, this bridge is 103 feet long. This listing may possibly be the bridge in question.

Old NM 65 Gallinas Creek Bridge
Posted December 3, 2019, by Luke

Using historicaerials.com as proof, your husband is mis-remembering, as aerials from 1958 (Shown) shows no railroad bed anywhere except along where the bridge/highway is.

Green dot is this bridge

Note the S-curve on Country Road A11A on the right, which could not be navigated by a railroad.

Old NM 65 Gallinas Creek Bridge
Posted December 3, 2019, by Michaela M (shaleyandmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hi everyone-

My husband grew up there in the mountains (he's 59). He said that bridge has always been there, and the railroad was on the other side of the highway, closer to the World College, on the other side of the hot springs. It's now a paved side road. On a different note...I need a bridge builder! Up in El Porvenir. We had a wicked flood in Sept 2013, took out our main bridge and footbridge. Are you guys familiar with the Wiggly Bridge in York, Maine? Would love to have that for a footbridge. But, we need a good working bridge to drive over, we have been driving through the creek since.

Thanks-

Old NM 65 Gallinas Creek Bridge
Posted August 28, 2019, by Luke

That's perspective messing with you. The bridge is not only on the railroad's alignment, it also has features seen on other bridges on the ATSF system, both of which are confirmed to have been relocated railroad spans by John Marvig;

https://bridgehunter.com/mo/macon/crystal-avenue/

https://bridgehunter.com/co/fremont/bh72121/

Old NM 65 Gallinas Creek Bridge
Posted August 28, 2019, by Daniel Stinson (dano [at] mt [dot] net)

The bridge seems too wide and a little short vertically for a rail bridge, and I'd question the size of the structural members for rail use. The general appearance looks more like a typical highway bridge of the era to me. Is there a builder plate on the bridge that would give more information?

Old NM 65 Gallinas Creek 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.

Old NM 65 Gallinas Creek Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That was my thoughts as well.

Old NM 65 Gallinas Creek Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like a very old former railroad bridge to me.