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Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, Virgin River Bridge, Spanning North Fork of Virgin River on Zion-Mount , Springdale, Washington County, UT



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HB1129533
View Of South Side, Looking North

HB1129534
View Of West Portal, Looking East

HB1129535
Detail View Of Southwest Abutment, Looking Northeast


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Location
Spanning North Fork of Virgin River on Zion-Mount, Springdale vicinity, UT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER UT-39-C
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N202).
Building/structure dates: 1929 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1959 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1960 subsequent work
Significance: Although partially reconstructed in 1960, the Virgin River Bridge retains its structural integrity. Attractive and well-executed, the bridge is a three-span, 'I' beam structure, which was skillfully camouflaged with 54-inch Redwood slabs to give it a rustic finish.The North Fork Virgin River Bridge is significant for its association with the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, constructed by the National Park Service and Bureau of Public Roads in 1927-30. The highway is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered significant in the contexts of tourism and engineering. The bridge is an integral and necessary component of the highway and is also significant for its rustic style, designed to conceal its steel structure and to harmonize with the landscape.

Subjects
Civil Engineering
National Parks & Reserves
Steel Girder Bridges


Related Names
Bureau Of Public Roads
Finch, J. B.
Vint, Thomas C.
Reynolds-Ely Construction Co
Jurale, James, Historian
Fraser, Clayton B., Photographer
Anderson, Michael F., Historian
Grogan, Brian C., Photographer
Payne, Chris, Delineator


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW OF SOUTH SIDE, LOOKING NORTH
2. VIEW OF WEST PORTAL, LOOKING EAST
3. DETAIL VIEW OF SOUTHWEST ABUTMENT, LOOKING NORTHEAST
4. VIEW OF BRIDGE AND SITE, FACING NORTHWEST
5. VIEW ALONG NORTH ELEVATION, FACING WEST
6. VIEW ALONG SOUTH ELEVATION, FACING WEST
7. VIEW ACROSS DECK FACING SOUTHWEST; GREAT ARCH IN DISTANCE
8. SUBSTRUCTURE DETAIL
9. VIEW FROM SWITCHBACKS TO THE SOUTHEAST, FACING NORTHWEST
10. VIEW FROM WEST END OF BRIDGE, FACING SOUTHWEST TOWARD THE WATCHMAN
11. OLD BRIDGE AND ROADBED NEAR NORTH FORK VIRGIN RIVER BRIDGE, FACING NORTH
12. PLANK BRIDGE ON OLD ROAD NEAR NORTH FORK VIRGIN RIVER BRIDGE, FACING EAST
13. ORIGINAL NORTH FORK VIRGIN RIVER BRIDGE, FACING NORTHWEST
14. NORTH FORK VIRGIN RIVER BRIDGE DECK UNDER RECONSTRUCTION. REINFORCING ROD IN PLACE. PHOTO BY CARL E. JEPSON, 29 JANUARY 1960.
15. TRUCK WRECK ON BRIDGE, 29 FEBRUARY 1936
16. LOG AND PLANK BRIDGE ON ACCESS ROAD NEAR BRIDGE SITE; SAME STRUCTURE AS SHOWN IN PHOTO #12. ZION NP NEGATIVE NO. 967 ZIO.


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