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Last Chance Canal Tunnel & Bridge.


Last Chance Canal Bridge

Concrete pony arch over Bear River {remains of old Bridge}, the canal now runs thru a steel truss on steel supports & lags, Concrete abutments. the canal exits the hand excavated basalt rock tunnel to the left to enter the bridge.

Photo taken by Jolly Goodfellow


BH Photo #245826

Street View 


The Bear River water was first diverted by Mormon settlers to develop an agriculture industry in Gem Valley. Features at the site include diversion dams, hand excavated basalt rock tunnels, flumes, pipelines, and ditches to move the water to the dry plain. Several previous attempts to capture the Bear River waters had failed. This became the settlers "last chance." The Last Chance Canal Company was started with 64 original stockholders--Gem Valley farmers who desperately needed the life-giving waters from the Bear River to grow their crops. Later, another dam was put in place 40 feet below the first, with money borrowed by these men, in spite of their limited resources.


Bridge over Bear Biver for Canal
Grace, Caribou County, Idaho
Built 1899
- Last Chance Canal Co.
Concrete pony arch with steel truss and supports
Also called
Last Chance Canal.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.60006, -111.70924   (decimal degrees)
42°36'00" N, 111°42'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/441816/4716647 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 55038 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 15, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 29, 2012: Added by Jolly Goodfellow