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Ash Avenue Bridge


Photocopy Of Photograph [Original Print Located At Arizona Historical Foundation, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer Unknown, Circa August 1913 View Of Ash Avenue Bridge Nearing Completion From North Approach With Tempe Butte In Background. Precast Concre

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #142898


Lost Open-spandrel arch bridge over Salt River on Ash Avenue in Tempe
Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona
Built 1911-1913, removed 1991
Open-spandrel arch
Also called
Old Tempe Bridge
Tempe Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.43307, -111.94298   (decimal degrees)
33°25'59" N, 111°56'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/412342/3699696 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 43033 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Arch (12,941)
Arizona (351)
Built 1913 (956)
Built during 1910s (10,288)
Deck arch (12,152)
Lost (32,309)
Lost 1991 (335)
Lost during 1990s (4,227)
Maricopa County, Arizona (36)
Open-spandrel arch (831)
Owned by city (6,316)
Salt River (14)
Tempe, Arizona (6)

Update Log 

  • January 2, 2019: New photo from C Hanchey
  • March 4, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Corrected GPS data
  • July 18, 2009: Added by Kim Harvey



Ash Avenue Bridge
Posted November 14, 2022, by Patrick Gurwell (pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com)


Those are nice photos. Thank you for sharing them.

Ash Avenue Bridge
Posted November 14, 2022, by Richard DeFer (rhdefer [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I sent Ash Avenue Bridge tear down photos to the City of Tempe, they're posted at:http://emuseum.tempe.gov/objects/95142/ash-avenue-bridge-demolition

Since the work was done at night, there weren't many photos by anyone else.

Ash Avenue Bridge
Posted March 20, 2013, by Bob Hawthorne (tonitiger [at] msn [dot] com)

In the first photo of the Ash bridge a railroad trestle is visible in the background next to Tempe Butte. The railroad bridge that exists today is to the west of the Ash bridge while the one in the photo is east of the Ash bridge. My question is... what is that railroad trestle for? There used to be a sand and gravel company that had tracks leading up to the river. Is that it?

Ash Avenue Bridge
Posted January 5, 2013, by Terrie/Phoenix AZ

As a young person back in the 50's, I use to walk across this bridge. On the Tempe side of the bridge was the old rollerskating rink and next door was the local swimming pool. ASU at that time was a college, not a university. The town of Tempe was like the tv show Happy Days. Great times; Great memories!