Thanks for posting this! I've actually wondered about the filming location, as I love the movie (and several other Coen brothers films).
This bridge is featured in Ethan Coen & Joel Coen's "No Country for Old Men" movie. The scene where Anton Chigurh tries to shoot a bird on a bridge.
Iíve added a relocation date. Unfortunately my ATSF bridge records for the Pecos Division are lacking. However, Iím guessing this one was relocated here. Based on a nearly identical bridge in Kansas, I would assume this one dates to approximately 1890. It appears itís also had a number of modifications.
Friend Eric Kirkendall here in Lawrence, KS visited and stayed on the river next to this bridge this week and snapped these photos - pedestrian wooden (bit precarious) walkway built on the side
Is this bridge available? I'm not sure it's the right size, but I'm needing a bridge to put over a river on a pretty piece of land in Northern New Mexico. Perhaps this one will do the trick?
NBI lists this bridge built in 1975, but this is wrong. This is an original Route 66 bridge built 1927. The 1975 date is a rehab date when they put guardrails on the bridge. The steel beams and wood deck have never been altered.
Still researching year it was built. It is located on private property.
John has previously found a truss in Colorado that was referred to in the chart as a lattice girder, leading me to believe it to be a clerical error on the Santa Fe's part.
1916 Santa Fe Railway bridge records list this as the Hot Springs branch. A 103' "lattice girder" built in 1900 is reported on the route. Although not listed as a through truss, this bridge is 103 feet long. This listing may possibly be the bridge in question.
Using historicaerials.com as proof, your husband is mis-remembering, as aerials from 1958 (Shown) shows no railroad bed anywhere except along where the bridge/highway is.
Green dot is this bridge
Note the S-curve on Country Road A11A on the right, which could not be navigated by a railroad.
My husband grew up there in the mountains (he's 59). He said that bridge has always been there, and the railroad was on the other side of the highway, closer to the World College, on the other side of the hot springs. It's now a paved side road. On a different note...I need a bridge builder! Up in El Porvenir. We had a wicked flood in Sept 2013, took out our main bridge and footbridge. Are you guys familiar with the Wiggly Bridge in York, Maine? Would love to have that for a footbridge. But, we need a good working bridge to drive over, we have been driving through the creek since.
What is the build year of this bridge?
That's perspective messing with you. The bridge is not only on the railroad's alignment, it also has features seen on other bridges on the ATSF system, both of which are confirmed to have been relocated railroad spans by John Marvig;
The bridge seems too wide and a little short vertically for a rail bridge, and I'd question the size of the structural members for rail use. The general appearance looks more like a typical highway bridge of the era to me. Is there a builder plate on the bridge that would give more information?
Bridge not listed on NBI and just posted here. Any help would be welcome as to how old it is and stuff.
Discovered this intact old old route 66 bridge that was not posted. Anyone with more info please add. I made a google map screenshot of it. Is that a legal thing in terms of copyright stuff?
The photograph was taken by Chris Mockford, not by me.
How did you get access to take the picture? I would like to see the area myself, as well as Lobato Stop.
John,that's the derailment I was talking about.Thanks.
George, Iím pretty sure this is the bridge that the train fell off of:
This is to update some information regarding this entry.
The bridge shown in the picture was called the Lower Abo Pass highway bridge. This was built in 1914 or so, but was located about three miles SOUTH of Fort Sumner. The Abo Pass highway (later US 60) did not go through town at this time, but routed south from the east side of Fort Sumner to this crossing, then going west to join the Santa Fe RR tracks into Yeso, the next town west.
In 1926-7, a new bridge was built in Fort Sumner itself, and the highway was rerouted through town and straight west to Yeso. This new bridge was a standard(?) truss bridge over a much narrower stretch of river. THIS bridge was the one located where specified in the map/writeup above, was located just a short distance west of the current Pecos crossing.
The 'old' bridge south of town (pictured) was destroyed in a flood in 1930. The new bridge was closed and condemned in March of 1958 after being hit by an oversized truck load, and the current bridge was quickly built at this time. The old abutments can still be seen just to the west of the present bridge.
I recall the first time I stumbled across the old bridge at Percha Creek. The rock face of the gorge seem to be suspended in space, and had resemblance to an optical illusion of sorts. I found I lost my balance if I tried to focus on the wall as I walked. This place is well worth the stop and I highly recommend it to anyone who may be traveling 152 towards Silver City.
Seems to me that this bridge likely wasnít originally built 1924. It looks like a late 1880s or early 1890s span to me. Without knowing much about the railroad, it appears to be possible that it was relocated to this site.
Beautiful sunset on our Revive 66 Roadshow.
I must say I've always found the 1999 replacement date on the sign a little confusing. On a rt. 66 trip in the fall of 2000 I made a video of myself and a friend crossing this bridge while the new bridge was still under construction.
I have learned that this bridge was formerly a Route 66 bridge before being located here. State Register Nomintion Documents confirmed builder and previous location. Thanks to Susie Hart and Steven Moffson from SHPO/New Mexico Historic Preservation Division for the assistance.
Also just to clear up any confusion, the old comment below on this page was mistakenly posted for another bridge.
This bridge was in the Longmire episode "Counting Coup" where David Ridges confronted Branch Connally and then escaped by jumping into the river. In the story it was called "Pike's" bridge.
historicaerials shows an ATSF spur here up until the mid-50s
http://www.abandonedrails.com/Hot_Springs_Branch shows a filing for abandonment in late 1936.
That was my thoughts as well.
Looks like a very old former railroad bridge to me.
This Blogspot post mentions a book about a supposed UFO crash that says that it is, then cites the NMDOT to prove that it isn't: http://kevinrandle.blogspot.com/2013/02/aztec-in-perspective...
I couldn't find much of anything else on it, though.
Was this originally a RR bridge?
Is this bridge on private property?
I do believe this is used in the tv show Longmire. They call it Pikes Bridge, supposedly set in Wyoming, but filmed in New Mexico. Nifty!
my father jose oscar ortega worked on the tunnel and we have photos of it and the workers any one having intrest may contact joe at 575-430-2369 in alamogordo nm
Driving down from Albuquerque to Las Cruces in Jun 2015 I noticed this bridge is no longer there. There had been some major highway work done on this section of IH-25 and they must have removed they bridge at that time.
just north of the pony truss there are concrete abutments for the bridge that ostensibly preceded this one over Sandy Wash on the National Old Trails Road.
I think this bridge is actually located at 35.6804917,-105.923392.
I have visited this area since 1990. The bridge looks much the same but has shown some aging. Any idea what year it was built?
New update posted on Flickr.
This bridge was on the ATSF (Later BNSF) Railroad route between Clovis, NM and Pecos, TX. The track south of Loving, NM, including this bridge, was abandoned in December of 2001.
Possibly on the San Juan extension of the D&RGW between Chama and Durango. The train passed over 3 or 4 bridges until, the rails were removed in 1970. 2 or 3 of the bridges were truss bridges with v braces.
Possibly on Farmington Branch out of Carbon Junction on Denver & Rio Grande Western. Carbon Junction was a split of railroad outside of Durango, left leg went to Chama, NM and the right leg went to Farmington, through Aztec, I have a 16mm film of the Grande on a bridge that looked just like this bridge in the 1960s, line rebuilt in 1923, and wooden trestles replaced soon after, 1929, is soon after, this is a bridge probably replacing a wooden trestle.
Built 1951 height 180 ft
source American Bridge (builder) website
I just added a bridge to the site that was used by the same railroad grade as this one, just a few miles north in Colorado:
It looks like this bridge is open for private use only.
Going by Bing Maps http://binged.it/rLwg85 it appears the bridge has been abandoned.
I concur with Matt...all signs point to a railroad span that may have been retrofitted for road use.
From the satellite view, it's possible that the bridge was converted for road use, but I'm quite certain that it was initially a rail bridge--it appears to be pin-connected with very heavy upper chords and doubled-up diagonals. The flooring system consists of two inner girders (parallel with the main trusses and joined with very large "V-lacing", essentially. The flooring configuration is not typical of a bridge initially designed for vehicular use.
Finally, the old ROW is visible in both directions and has long straight sections with very slight, gentle curves that cover long distances, like typical railroad layouts.
This bridge seems to be apart of an old road (Rd 2125) but it seems to also be an old railroad bridge. Someone please help here. The approaches to the bridge seem to be taken out.
From the looks of Google Earth this bridge seems to be open to traffic, but there is no NBI data for it. Any help will be welcome.
I looked at the bridge next to the Walking Bridge and saw that it is now a canal aqueduct over the river. I tried to find more info about it but can't find anything at the moment. I also found another truss bridge just west of here, which is the old US 550 Bridge. It is a parker truss and has pony truss approaches. I have added both bridges on the site, but need more info. So anyone wanting to help, please do so.
This is a good find, but I am also looking at the silver bridge beside it. That one looks like a potential Bedstead through truss, which would be a very rare find.
Bridge is open to only small vehicle use.
Interesting story and great pics. I wonder how long ago that stretch of road was used last?
What I do not understand is that this bridge is not listed on the NBI database. The road is still very much active, in fact, I drove across this bridge when I was in NM in 2009. The bridge is long enough to be on the NBI. So, if anyone can explain this, I would be grateful. I imagine that this bridge was built in the late 20's or early 30's since this is an original route of US 66.
I finally found some images and information about this nationally significant concrete truss bridge within a fantastic half hour documentary about New Mexico's historic bridges. I highly recommend watching the documentary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebm3OjD-9z0
What is odd about this bridge is for some reason it is noted on USGS Topographical maps as "Historical Bridge" It is rare that a bypassed bridge is noted on such a map.
These old Route 66 bridges bring back a lot of memories of life before I-40.
I remember going from Tennessee to California on 66, and frequently having to pull over to let 18-wheelers have the bridges before us.
It might be the South Canadian River Bridge, but the official (USGS) name of the river is just Canadian River.
The trestle restoration is underway for any bridge enthusiasts in the area. We should be done by December, 2009!
Contract by Osmose.
Man this bridge is da bomb
More links on this bridge are available here:
This bridge was disassembled and moved to the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. It now spans the Tortugas Arroyo and was dedicated today.