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Lake Fork Gunnison River Bridge

Photo 

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BH Photo #439198

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Lake Fork Gunnison River on Highway
Location
Gunnison County, Colorado
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built ca. 1913; Replaced 1923
Design
Pratt pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.46225, -107.31452   (decimal degrees)
38°27'44" N, 107°18'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/298061/4259641 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 83708 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built 1913 (868)
Built during 1910s (9,724)
Colorado (699)
Gunnison County, Colorado (14)
Lost (25,506)
Lost 1923 (37)
Lost during 1920s (506)
Owned by state (16,135)
Pony truss (16,347)
Pratt pony truss (3,687)
Pratt truss (9,436)
Replaced by new bridge (17,202)
Truss (33,229)

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2018: New photo from Luke

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Sources 

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Comments 

Lake Fork Gunnison River Bridge
Posted December 7, 2018, by Luke

I'm slowly tracking down information on the bridges.

LostBridges gives a ca. 1889 build date for the uncovered wooden Howe truss, and both the Lake City Museum and a DRGW railfan state that both the bridges were torn down in 1937

http://www.lostbridges.org/details.aspx?id=CO/06-27-U02&loc=...

http://www.lakecitymuseum.com/d-rg-railroad

http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,254044,254087#msg-...

I've yet to find a build date for the steel truss, but based on this picture: https://ngtrainpics.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/RD032-D-R... it's probably from the same era and this similar bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/co/fremont/bh72121/

A Colorado-specific trade magazine gave info for the arch and a build date for the old road, though we still have no clue about who built the pony truss.

Lake Fork Gunnison River Bridge
Posted December 7, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Someone needs to write a descriptive essay about this cluster of bridges, their origins and flooding.