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Hardscrabble Creek Bridge



Photo taken June 2007 by James Baughn

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Lost through truss bridge over Hardscrabble Creek on CO 120 in Penrose
Penrose, Fremont County, Colorado
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1928
Riveted, 6-panel Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 170.8 ft.
Deck width: 20.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.39326, -105.03020   (decimal degrees)
38°23'36" N, 105°01'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/497363/4249449 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
CDOT K-16-Q (Colorado Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 11877 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 13, 2010: New Street View added by Nick Brnot
  • March 25, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been replaced as shown on Street View
  • May 20, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • September 27, 2007: Posted new photos


  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com


Hardscrabble Creek Bridge
Posted June 13, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

With truss bridges from this period in the 20th Century, the differences you see from state to state are generally because each state had its own set of standard plans for truss bridges. The design thus varies from state to state.

Hardscrabble Creek Bridge
Posted June 13, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Some states seem to have a preference for specific designs of truss bridges. Colorado built a lot of Parker trusses both through and pony, often with concrete approaches. These bridges are frequently painted green, indicating that they receive some maintenance. Aside from the demolition of this bridge, Colorado appears to have a good track record for HB preservation.

Hardscrabble Creek Bridge
Posted May 5, 2008, by B (bridgeman [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is set for replacement at the end of the summer of 2008.