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Elephant Butte Dam Bridge


Elephant Butte Dam under construction 1914


License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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BH Photo #309978

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Elephant Butte Dam - Sierra County Centennial Video Series

This video tells the story of the Elephant Butte Dam (a National Historical Engineer Landmark with the ASCE) and how it came to be constructed in this particular location as opposed to on the U.S. / Mexico border. Life in the workers camp is described, as well as impacts the dam and its construction had on the town of Las Palomas Hot Springs (now the city of Truth or Consequences).

Centennial Video Series

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Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Rio Grande on Nm52
Mountain View, Sierra County, New Mexico
Closed to all traffic
Built 1915
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 299.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 9, 1979
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.15493, -107.19242   (decimal degrees)
33°09'18" N, 107°11'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/295531/3670603 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elephant Butte
Inventory numbers
NRHP 79001556 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 64895 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2014)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 68.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 1, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 20, 2014: New video from Dave King


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