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This is a list of all 16 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Arizona. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1911 Cameron
Cameron, Arizona, USA (Little Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:125
Structurae ID:0001390
O'Donnell ID:543
Coordinates:N 35.875733 W 111.412567
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:GBD
Principals:Midland Bridge Co., W.H. Code, John Charles
Use:Vehicular and Pipeline
Status:Closed (last checked, 2012)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:660f
Notes
  • The bridge currently carries a pipeline, but the road deck is closed to all traffic.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo by David McDonald Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by David Denenberg
1920 Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:2186
Structurae ID:0008297
References:AAJ
Principals:George C. Goodwin
Use:Footbridge
Status:Replaced, 1928
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1

Notes
1928 Kaibab Trail (Black, South Kaibab)
Bright Angel Campground vicinity, Arizona, USA (Colorado River - Grand Canyon National Park)
Bridgemeister ID:155
Structurae ID:0007246
O'Donnell ID:544
Coordinates:N 36.10076 W 112.08918
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Ward P. Webber, John H. Lawrence
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~416f
Deck width:5f

Notes
Photo by Andrew Holbrook Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1929 McPhaul (Dome, Gila River)
Yuma, Arizona, USA (Gila River)
Bridgemeister ID:161
Structurae ID:0007346
O'Donnell ID:941
Coordinates:N 32.75969 W 114.42158
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, SJR, YS20041217
Principals:Levy Construction Company
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Closed (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:283.5m
Deck width:16f
Notes
  • YS20041217: Renamed McPhaul Bridge in honor of Henry Harrison "Harry" McPhaul, "the only Yuma resident who ever became an Arizona Ranger." Bypassed, 1968. 150 feet of deck damaged by fire, 1990.
Photo by Wynne Johnson Photo by Don Sayenga
1943 Sheep (Red Point Sheep, Verde River Sheep)
Sheep Crossing (Cave Creek vicinity), Arizona, USA (Verde River)
Bridgemeister ID:201
O'Donnell ID:541A
Coordinates:N 34.077933 W 111.708183
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:HAERAZ10
Principals:Flagstaff Sheep Co., Cyril O. Gilliam, Frank Auza, George W. Smith.
Use:Footbridge and Stock
Status:Replaced, 1988
Main cables:Wire
Main span:476f
Deck width:3f
Notes
  • From a sign at the site: "The Old Verde River Sheep Bridge. The original Verde River Sheep Bridge, also known as the Red Point Sheep Bridge, was constructed at this location in 1943 by Flagstaff Sheep Company, which had been grazing sheep in the area under a Forest Service permit since 1926....

    "Erected with hand tools and a few mules during World War II, the bridge was constructed largely with salvaged materials. Overall length of the structure from cable anchorage to cable anchorage was 691 feet, and the distance between the towers was 568 feet. The walkway was 476 feet long and three feet wide. The towers originally were constructed with wood, as was the walkway. Soon after the bridge was completed, the wooden towers were reinforced with concrete buttresses. Each main suspension cable consisted of a pair of... lock-coil, spiral strands, which were obtained from an abandoned tramway that carted copper ore.... Only the towers of the old bridge remain.

    "Although several other bridges of this type previously had been built in Arizona, Verde River Sheep Bridge was the last of its kind in the Southwest when it was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. In 1988, weakened by years of service and floods, the bridge was disassembled. In 1989 the bridge found here today was erected. Reminiscent of the original structure, the new bridge recalls the ingenuity of the pioneer sheepmen and a way of ranching that has virtually disappeared from the Arizona scene."
  • Many remnants from this bridge are still visible at the site.
  • Replaced by 1989 Sheep - Sheep Crossing (Cave Creek vicinity), Arizona, USA.
Photo by Norm Johnson Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1957 (footbridge)
Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:1191
Principals:Kiewit-Judson Pacific Murphy Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,280f
Notes
  • Very long, very high footbridge spanning the canyon. Originally built for bridge workers building the Glen Canyon Bridge (the large deck arch next to the dam). Survived at least until 1959.
  • From a Roebling ad in the July 1958 issue of Civil Engineering: "The bridge was completed in sixty days and features a steel mesh deck, to reduce wind resistance. Construction was started by lowering two 5/8 in. cables to the bottom of the west side of the gorge, transporting them across the river by boat and raising them on the east side by block and tackle. The six main suspension cables are 1 3/4 in. diameter prestretched galvanized bridge strands. From them are hung sixty-four 5/8 in. suspenders, attached to 7 ft-wide floor beams. The wire mesh floor is laid on eight 1 in. diameter deck cables. These in turn are supported every twenty feet by the floor beams. For safety, four handrail cables are attached to the suspenders. To add stability in strong winds, two 1 3/4 in. bridge strand wind brace cables run below the deck on either side for its length."
1989 Sheep
Sheep Crossing (Cave Creek vicinity), Arizona, USA (Verde River)
Bridgemeister ID:235
O'Donnell ID:541
Coordinates:N 34.077933 W 111.708183
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge and Stock
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~500f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
2004 Berber
Superior, Arizona, USA (Queen Creek - Boyce Arboretum)
Bridgemeister ID:2443
O'Donnell ID:940
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Rodney Duke
(footbridge)
Sedona vicinity, Arizona, USA (Oak Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2286
O'Donnell ID:540
Coordinates:N 34.96007 W 111.75343
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2012)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell provided a rough main span estimate of 120 feet.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by David Denenberg
(footbridge)
Superior, Arizona, USA (Queen Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2611
O'Donnell ID:938
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2012)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~116f
Photo by Doug Evans
(pipeline bridge)
Benson, Arizona, USA (San Pedro River)
Bridgemeister ID:2328
O'Donnell ID:934
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • Likely several pipeline suspension bridges across the San Pedro near Benson.
(pipeline bridge)
Blythe, California and Ehrenberg, Arizona, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:2522
O'Donnell ID:943
Coordinates:N 33.60182 W 114.53324
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
(pipeline bridge)
Topock, Arizona and Needles vicinity, California, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:1508
O'Donnell ID:944
Coordinates:N 34.71587 W 114.48617
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
(pipeline bridge)
Topock, Arizona and Needles vicinity, California, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:1507
O'Donnell ID:945
Coordinates:N 34.71531 W 114.48255
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
Horseshoe Dam
Horseshoe Dam, Arizona, USA
Bridgemeister ID:1959
References:HAERAZ10
Status:Removed, 1944
Suspended spans:1
Silver
Bright Angel Campground vicinity, Arizona, USA (Colorado River - Grand Canyon National Park)
Bridgemeister ID:351
O'Donnell ID:545
Coordinates:N 36.09745 W 112.09550
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge and Pipeline
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:490f

Notes
Photo by Andrew Holbrook Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell

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