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Ash Avenue Bridge, Spanning Salt River at Foot of Ash Avenue, Tempe, Maricopa County, AZ



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B&W Photos

HB68590
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located At Tempe Historical Museum, Tempe, Arizona]

HB68591
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located At Tempe Historical Museum, Tempe, Arizona]

HB68592
Photocopy Of Hand-colored Postcard [original Postcard Located At Arizona Historical Foundation, Tempe, Arizona]

HB68593
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located At Arizona Historical Foundation, Tempe, Arizona]

HB68594
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located At Arizona Historical Foundation, Tempe, Arizona]

HB68595
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located At Arizona Photographic Associates, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona]

HB68596
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located In Collection Of William H

HB68597
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located At Arizona Historical Foundation, Tempe, Arizona] Photographer Unknown, Circa 1913 View Showing Ash Avenue Bridge Under Construction, Looking From South Bank Of Salt River

HB68598
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located In Collection Of William H

HB68599
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located In Collection Of William H

HB68600
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located At Tempe Historical Museum, Tempe, Arizona]

HB68601
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located At Tempe Historical Museum, Tempe, Arizona]

HB68602
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located At University Archives, Hayden Library, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona]

HB68603
Photocopy Of Photograph [original Print Located At University Archives, Hayden Library, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona]

HB68604
View Of West Side Of Bridge, Showing Sag In Deck Caused By Settlement Of Pier 9

HB68605
View Of West Side Of Bridge With Tempe Butte In Background

HB68606
Detail View, Looking West, Showing Arch Rib From Pier To Pier, With Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge In Background

HB68607
Detail View Of Typical Crown Hinge And Deck Expansion Joint

HB68608
View Of Underside Of Bridge, Showing Relationship Between Arch Ribs And Arrangement Of Precast Rib Struts

HB68609
Detail View Of Pier Hinges, Spandrel Arches, And Deck Overhang Support Brackets

HB68610
Detail View Of North Abutment Spans With End Pair Of Light Standards

HB68611
View Of Bridge, Looking Southwest, Showing Massive Concrete Piers And Damaged Caused By Pier Failure

HB68612
View Looking Across Bridge From North End

HB68613
View Of Bridge, Looking Southeast, With Mill Avenue Bridge And Tempe Butte In Background Grand Canal

HB68614
View Of Bridge, Looking Southwest, With Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge In Background

HB68615
View Showing South Approach To Bridge

HB68616
View Of Bridge, Looking Northwest, Showing Damaged Balustrade

HB68617
View Of Bridge, Showing Damaged Spandrel Posts And Early Repair Work

HB68618
Cover Sheet Dated 1911-1912

HB68619
General Layout [right Half Of Sheet 1] Sheet I Of 14 Sheets, Dated October 10, 1911

HB68620
General Layout [left Half Of Sheet 1] Sheet 1 Of 14 Sheets Dated October 10, 1911

HB68621
South Abutment Sheet 2 Of 14 Sheets Dated September 19, 1911

HB68622
Details, South Abutment Sheet 3 Of 14 Sheets Dated September 27, 1911

HB68623
Details, North Abutment Sheet 4 Of 14 Sheets Dated November 24, 1911

HB68624
Intermediate Piers Sheet 5 Of 14 Sheets Dated September 11, 1911

HB68625
Abutment Piers Sheet 6 Of 14 Sheets Dated September 12, 1911

HB68626
Intermediate Piers - Pier No

HB68627
Abutment Piers - Pier No

HB68628
Intermediate Piers - Pier No

HB68629
Main Arch Ribs Sheet 10 Of 14 Sheets Dated October 21, 1911

HB68630
Main Arch Ribs Sheet 11 Of 14 Sheets Dated October 31, 1911

HB68631
Details Of Spandrels And Balustrades Sheet 12 Of 14 Sheets Dated November 28, 1911

HB68632
Typical Floor Slab And Details At Crown Sheet 13 Of 14 Sheets Dated December 2, 1911

HB68633
Concrete And Steel Sheet 14 Of 14 Sheets Dated December 1, 1911

HB68634
Revised Details Sheet 15 Of 14 Sheets Dated February 6, 1913

HB68635
Revised Details Sheet 16 Of 14 Sheets Dated March 6, 1913

HB68636
Forms For Superstructure Dated May 4, 1912

HB68637
Forms For Superstructure Dated May 6, 1912

HB68638
Work Carried On By State Forces During 1920 Repairs To Tempe Bridge [right Half Of Sheet]

HB68639
Work Carried On By State Forces During 1920 Repairs To Tempe Bridge [left Half Of Sheet]


Data Pages


Photo Caption Pages


Item Title


Location
Spanning Salt River at Foot of Ash Avenue, Tempe, AZ

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER AZ-29
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-2).
Building/structure dates: 1913 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1933
Building/structure dates: 1920 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1991 demolished
Significance: Constructed over the Salt River on the Pheonix-Tempe Highway, the Ash Avenue Bridge is the first concrete multi-arch bridge erected in Arizona. The structure is comprised of eleven spans of two-rib, open-spindrel, hinged arches. After the bridge was opened in 1913, it contributed immensely to the development of the Salt River Valley.

Subjects
Bridges


Related Names
Girand, James B.
Hasse, Carl E.


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Photocopy of photograph [original print located at Tempe Historical Museum, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer unknown, circa 1870s - 1880s VIEW SHOWING FORD ACROSS SALT RIVER AT SITE OF ASH AVENUE BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST TOWARD TEMPE BUTTE
2. Photocopy of photograph [original print located at Tempe Historical Museum, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer unknown, circa 1900 VIEW OF HAYDEN'S FERRY WITH RAILROAD BRIDGE IN BACKGROUND
3. Photocopy of hand-colored postcard [original postcard located at Arizona Historical Foundation, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer unknown, circa 1905 VIEW, LOOKING NORTHEAST FROM TEMPE BUTTE, SHOWING MARICOPA AND PHOENIX RAILROAD BRIDGE IN THE BACKGROUND; PHOENIX AND EASTERN RAILROAD BRIDGE IN FOREGROUND. THE ASH AVENUE BRIDGE WOULD BE BUILT MIDWAY BETWEEN THE RAILROAD BRIDGES IN 1911-1913
4. Photocopy of photograph [original print located at Arizona Historical Foundation, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer unknown, circa August 1913 VIEW OF ASH AVENUE BRIDGE NEARING COMPLETION FROM NORTH APPROACH WITH TEMPE BUTTE IN BACKGROUND. PRECAST CONCRETE POSTS FOR GUARDRAILS ARE SEEN AT LEFT; ONLY TWO LIGHT STANDARDS ARE IN PLACE
5. Photocopy of photograph [original print located at Arizona Historical Foundation, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer unknown, circa 1913 VIEW OF COMPLETED ASH AVENUE BRIDGE FROM NORTH APPROACH, WITH TEMPE BUTTE IN BACKGROUND
6. Photocopy of photograph [original print located at Arizona Photographic Associates, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona]. Photographer: Herb McLaughlin, circa. 1965 AERIAL VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHEAST TOWARD TEMPE BUTTE, SHOWING, FROM TOP, MILL AVENUE BRIDGE, ASH AVENUE BRIDGE, AND SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD BRIDGE
7. Photocopy of photograph [original print located in collection of William H. Caruthers, Jr., Richmond, Virginia, and loaned by Susan A. Harter, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer assumed to be William H. Caruthers, Sr., assistant (construction) engineer for the Ash Avenue Bridge, 1912 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH CAPTIONED 'STOCKADE-TEMPE BRIDGE EAST [SIC] APPROACH.' TEMPE BUTTE IS SEEN AT UPPER RIGHT [Correct identification is 'south' approach; view looking east from undetermined elevation position.]
8. Photocopy of photograph [original print located at Arizona Historical Foundation, Tempe, Arizona] Photographer unknown, circa 1913 VIEW SHOWING ASH AVENUE BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, LOOKING FROM SOUTH BANK OF SALT RIVER. CONVICTS ARE COMMENCING WORK ON BALUSTRADE
9. Photocopy of photograph [original print located in collection of William H. Caruthers, Jr., Richmond, Virginia, and loaned by Susan A. Harter, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer assumed to be William H. Caruthers, Sr., assistant (construction) engineer for the Ash Avenue Bridge, 1912 VIEW OF ASH AVENUE BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, LOOKING NORTH, SHOWING STEEL REINFORCEMENT IN DECK BEFORE PLACEMENT OF CONCRETE
10. Photocopy of photograph [original print located in collection of William H. Caruthers, Jr., Richmond, Virginia, and loaned by Susan A. Hatter, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer assumed to be William H. Caruthers, Sr., assistant (construction) engineer for the Ash Avenue Bridge, 1912 VIEW, LOOKING NORTH, SHOWING ASH AVENUE BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION. WORK IS PROGRESSING FROM THE SOUTH BANK TO THE NORTH BANK OF THE SALT RIVER
11. Photocopy of photograph [original print located at Tempe Historical Museum, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer unknown, circa 1912 VIEW OF ASH AVENUE BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION WITH CONVICT LABOR; SALT RIVER IN FLOOD STAGE
12. Photocopy of photograph [original print located at Tempe Historical Museum, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer unknown, circa 1912 VIEW OF ASH AVENUE BRIDGE FROM NORTH BANK OF SALT RIVER, LOOKING SOUTHEAST TOWARD TEMPE BUTTE; RIVER IN FLOOD STATE
13. Photocopy of photograph [original print located at University Archives, Hayden Library, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer unknown, 1902 VIEW OF ASH AVENUE BRIDGE FROM NORTH APPROACH WITH ARIZONA EASTERN RAILROAD BRIDGE AT UPPER RIGHT
14. Photocopy of photograph [original print located at University Archives, Hayden Library, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona]. Photographer unknown, 1902 VIEW SHOWING TRAIN WRECK ON MARICOPA AND PHOENIX RAILROAD CAUSED BY BRIDGE FAILURE RESULTING FROM FLOOD DAMAGE
15. VIEW OF WEST SIDE OF BRIDGE, SHOWING SAG IN DECK CAUSED BY SETTLEMENT OF PIER 9
16. VIEW OF WEST SIDE OF BRIDGE WITH TEMPE BUTTE IN BACKGROUND
17. DETAIL VIEW, LOOKING WEST, SHOWING ARCH RIB FROM PIER TO PIER, WITH SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD BRIDGE IN BACKGROUND
18. DETAIL VIEW OF TYPICAL CROWN HINGE AND DECK EXPANSION JOINT
19. VIEW OF UNDERSIDE OF BRIDGE, SHOWING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARCH RIBS AND ARRANGEMENT OF PRECAST RIB STRUTS. MILL AVENUE BRIDGE AND TEMPE BUTTE ARE SEEN IN THE BACKGROUND
20. DETAIL VIEW OF PIER HINGES, SPANDREL ARCHES, AND DECK OVERHANG SUPPORT BRACKETS
21. DETAIL VIEW OF NORTH ABUTMENT SPANS WITH END PAIR OF LIGHT STANDARDS. NOTE THE DECORATIVE PANELS CAST INTO THE SPANDREL COLUMN
22. VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTHWEST, SHOWING MASSIVE CONCRETE PIERS AND DAMAGED CAUSED BY PIER FAILURE
23. VIEW LOOKING ACROSS BRIDGE FROM NORTH END
24. VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST, WITH MILL AVENUE BRIDGE AND TEMPE BUTTE IN BACKGROUND Grand Canal
25. VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTHWEST, WITH SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD BRIDGE IN BACKGROUND. THE PAVEMENT OF THE NORTH APPROACH IS SEEN BURIED ON THE RIGHT. ROADWAY (CENTER) CROSSES THE USUALLY DRY CHANNEL OF THE SALT RIVER. A BALUSTRADE OF THE MILL AVENUE BRIDGE IS SEEN AT THE LOWER LEFT CORNER
26. VIEW SHOWING SOUTH APPROACH TO BRIDGE. THE UPRIGHTS IN THE BACKGROUND SUPPORT ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION LINES
27. VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING NORTHWEST, SHOWING DAMAGED BALUSTRADE
28. VIEW OF BRIDGE, SHOWING DAMAGED SPANDREL POSTS AND EARLY REPAIR WORK
29. COVER SHEET Dated 1911-1912
30. GENERAL LAYOUT [right half of Sheet 1] Sheet I of 14 sheets, dated October 10, 1911
31. GENERAL LAYOUT [left half of Sheet 1] Sheet 1 of 14 sheets dated October 10, 1911
32. SOUTH ABUTMENT Sheet 2 of 14 sheets dated September 19, 1911
33. DETAILS, SOUTH ABUTMENT Sheet 3 of 14 sheets dated September 27, 1911
34. DETAILS, NORTH ABUTMENT Sheet 4 of 14 sheets dated November 24, 1911
35. INTERMEDIATE PIERS Sheet 5 of 14 sheets dated September 11, 1911
36. ABUTMENT PIERS Sheet 6 of 14 sheets dated September 12, 1911
37. INTERMEDIATE PIERS - PIER NO. 5 AND PIER NO. 6 Sheet 7 of 14 sheets dated September 11, 1911
38. ABUTMENT PIERS - PIER NO. 7 AND PIER NO. 10 Sheet 8 of 14 sheets dated September 12, 1911
39. INTERMEDIATE PIERS - PIER NO. 8 AND PIER NO. 9 Sheet 9 of 14 sheets dated September 11, 1911
40. MAIN ARCH RIBS Sheet 10 of 14 sheets dated October 21, 1911
41. MAIN ARCH RIBS Sheet 11 of 14 sheets dated October 31, 1911
42. DETAILS OF SPANDRELS AND BALUSTRADES Sheet 12 of 14 sheets dated November 28, 1911
43. TYPICAL FLOOR SLAB AND DETAILS AT CROWN Sheet 13 of 14 sheets dated December 2, 1911
44. CONCRETE AND STEEL Sheet 14 of 14 sheets dated December 1, 1911
45. REVISED DETAILS Sheet 15 of 14 sheets dated February 6, 1913
46. REVISED DETAILS Sheet 16 of 14 sheets dated March 6, 1913
47. FORMS FOR SUPERSTRUCTURE Dated May 4, 1912
48. FORMS FOR SUPERSTRUCTURE Dated May 6, 1912
49. WORK CARRIED ON BY STATE FORCES DURING 1920 Repairs to Tempe Bridge [right half of sheet]
50. WORK CARRIED ON BY STATE FORCES DURING 1920 Repairs to Tempe Bridge [left half of sheet]


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