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Red Rock Bridge


Needles Bridge

Undated historical postcard

Submitted by Craig Philpott

BH Photo #184141



Originally built for ATSF railroad use. In 1947, ATSF built a new bridge for trains, this bridge was converted for highway use, and US Route 66 was rerouted from the Old Trails Arch Bridge to this bridge. In 1966, both US 66 and this bridge were replaced by Interstate 40. The bridge was not dismantled until 1978.


Lost Through truss bridge over Colorado River on US 66
Topock, San Bernardino County, California, and Mohave County, Arizona
Replaced by new I-40 bridge
Built in 1890 as RR bridge, converted to car bridge 1947, Replaced 1966, Demolished 1978.
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
Cantilevered through truss.
Also called
Needles Bridge
ATSF - Topock Bridge (Old)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.71702, -114.48657   (decimal degrees)
34°43'01" N, 114°29'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/730167/3844538 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 46742 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 30, 2020: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • May 25, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • March 14, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • October 1, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • February 17, 2014: Updated by Roger Deschner: Update location, and road name which was US 66.
  • November 16, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Rail-to-road", "Colorado River"
  • June 5, 2011: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • January 16, 2011: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • October 31, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott

Related Bridges 


  • Hwy 66 Bridges - Colorado River Bridges at Needles, CA.
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Joe Sonderman
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Red Rock Bridge
Posted January 23, 2020, by Carroll Messer (cj [dot] messer [at] att [dot] net)

1. There are some historically important and outstanding Red Rock Bridge photographs contained herein, particularly those also showing historic US 66 conversion from the downstream Old Arch Bridge and Red Rock Bridge's subsequent US 66 usage in the period 1947-1966.

2. Unfortunately, there are many pictures mixed-in (and incorrectly mislabeled) showing the replacement for Red Rock Bridge, the modern four-lane IH 40 bridge built in 1966 of composite concrete-deck with steel plate girders. This IH 40 bridge needs to have a separate bridgehunter listing.